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It took a village, but Giorgio is finally getting some help

Pomp and circumstance

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DODGERS find a home on Beachwood. 3

CHARITY goes for gold.

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Pets of Larchmont

Our annual Pets of Larchmont will be featured in the July issue of the Larchmont Chronicle. To be included, send a photo of your furry, scaly or feathered friends to suzan@larchmontchronicle.com by Wed., June 15.

Summer Fun!

Summertime is another theme in our July issue. We welcome photos and very short stories about vacations and all things summer at the email above. The same deadline applies.

Out and about: Locals gather for good causes and good times n Gatherings continue

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By Helene Seifer Driving down Larchmont Boulevard, I can’t help but glance in the direction of the newsstand and Peet’s Coffee, places where unhoused Larchmont regular Giorgio used to stand with his shopping cart, waiting for gifts of money, food and Advil. However, as the Larchmont Chronicle reported in the May 2022 issue, the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health picked him up to get him help. According to eyewitness accounts, he did not go willingly. I like to imagine Giorgio washed, shorn, well-fed and sitting in a garden sipping tea while waiting to move into his new home. Although no gardens are involved — and in spite of privacy concerns — bit by bit, email by email, phone call by phone call, more has been revealed about what actually is happening with Giorgio since he left Larchmont. Where is Giorgio? According to Isidro Alvarez, the deputy public conservator/ administrator of the Los Angeles Dept. of Mental Health, who picked up Giorgio on Larchmont, he was taken to an undisclosed hospital (all Alvarez would reveal about the location is that it is not in Hollywood). Giorgio is still there. “He is still getting mental health treatment,” Alvarez See Giorgio, p 23

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CONGRATULATIONS, CLASS OF 2022! Area high school graduates mark the occasion live and in person. Read about their celebrations, plans for the future and party venues in our special section. See Section 3

Local forums abound as June 7 election deadline looms

n At homes, gardens, The Ebell and on Zoom been full of candidate panels By John Welborne, and debates. Nona Sue Friedman and Ebell mayoral interview Wendy Werris U.S. Congressmember KarAs the primary campaigns for City of Los Angeles elect- en Bass was the third and final ed offices — Mayor, City At- candidate for mayor to appear torney, Controller and local See Election, p 10 Council Districts 5 and 13 (plus County Supervisorial Vote District 3) — begin to wrap up on or before prior to the June 7 deadline to Tues., June 7 return ballots, the Larchmont Chronicle readership area has

By John Welborne and Suzan Filipek Nonprofit and social organizations are feeling the freedom of gathering again in person, and more and more of that has been happening. For example, Larchmont local Katie Buckland was awarded the prestigious designation of Chevalier in L’Ordre National des Arts et des Lettres by French Consul General Julie Duhaut-Bedos on April 28 at the Résidence de France in Beverly Hills. Buckland was honored for her accomplishments with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy office and for her work as executive director of the Writers Guild Foundation. Buckland is a lawyer who, before joining the Writers Guild Foundation, worked at the California Women’s Law Center, as well as on Bill Clinton’s presidential campaigns and for the Democratic National Committee. She also created the Neighborhood Prosecutor Project for the city of Los Angeles. A day later, friends and supSee Out and About, p 4

Fabulous flora flourishes on WSHPHS tour n Backyards to open June 5 for rare viewing

By Helene Seifer A home spans a brook surrounded by greenery. Drought-tolerant perennials bedazzle a driveway. Wisteria vines drape colorful blooms above a backyard fireplace. These are just three of the five beautiful gardens awaiting those who attend the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society’s Garden Tour on Sun., June 5 from 1 to 5 p.m. The five inspiring gardens on view are in Windsor Square, Hancock Park and Brookside. As a special treat, the brook-spanning Bridge House, a modern architectural gem designed by owner Dan Brunn, will be open to tour, as well as its garden. Historical Society President See WSHPHS tour, p 6

GARDEN TOUR CO-CHAIRS (left to right) Jane Gilman and Jolin Crofts with silent auction co-chair June Bilgore. (Co-chair Joanne Osinoff is not pictured). Photo by Richard Battaglia

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Vote by Tues., June 7 As the Larchmont Chronicle writes regularly during election seasons (which somehow seem more frequent lately), we urge our readers to exercise their franchise. This June, we have 10 people running to replace Mayor Eric Garcetti, which is two fewer than when we published in May. Candidates Mike Feuer and Joe Buscaino dropped out of the contest several weeks ago, with the former endorsing Karen Bass and the latter endorsing Rick Caruso. All contested elections are important, including the ones for City Attorney and Controller. Same for the Board of Education election and the ones for County Supervisors and Superior Court judges . . . plus seats in the State Assembly, State Senate and United States Congress. See the chart on Page 11 of this issue. As we often have stated previously, what arguably is of the greatest potential impact to the neighborhoods of our readers are the two races to become (or remain) a member of the Los Angeles City Council. Four people seek to fill the open Council District 5 seat being vacated by Paul Koretz. The other City Council seat is currently occupied by Mitch O’Farrell, the 13th District incumbent who is running for his third, and final, allowable term against four challengers. Please be sure to vote by the June 7 deadline!

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Sun., June 5 – Windsor Square Hancock Park Historical Society Garden Tour from 1 to 5 p.m. Tues., June 7 – Election Day. Don’t forget to vote. Wed., June 8 – Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council Board of Directors Meeting via Zoom, 6:30 p.m. Check greaterwilshire.org for sign-in information. Sun., June 19 – Father’s Day. Mon., June 20 – Hancock Park Homeowners Association Board Meeting at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Check hancockparkhomeownersassociation.org to join meeting. Thurs., June 30 – Larchmont Chronicle July issue delivered.

Early this afternoon [May 24], a burglary occurred at a home on the 300 block of North Lucerne Avenue. Burglar(s) went through the rear of the home avoiding the front doorbell camera. LAPD responded. Once again our neighborhood is feeling unsafe. Recently, a homeowner on this block had a car burglarized while parked behind their gate in the early morning hours. Another Lucerne neighbor had their car cover stolen overnight (possibly related to the other car burglary) and, last Thursday, a man was overheard harassing a neighbor while he (the harasser) sat on the sidewalk across from the home smoking a cigarette. The harasser was not a neighbor. An LAPD officer who

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‘How will you celebrate your graduation?’

responded to the burglary today emphasized the need for all of us to be aware and especially aware of individuals that we don’t recognize as neighbors and that appear to be casing homes or are acting in any way suspicious. If you see something that concerns you, report it to LAPD — 911 for emergencies; 877-275-5273 for non-emergencies. Keep this in mind as you go to vote in the upcoming elections. We need to act in the best interests of our neighbors and vote for candidates who will take crime seriously and support the LAPD. Sam Uretsky Larchmont Village

“I’m going to celebrate by hanging out with my family and my brother who is also graduating from John Burroughs.” (Yuna) “I’ll hang out with family to celebrate and hopefully get a dog. I love dogs.” (Ellie) “I’m going to hang out with my family.” (Sophie) I plan to hang out with my friends when I graduate.” (Woorin) Yuna Cho, Ellie Kim, Sophia Lee and Woorin Park 5th graders at Third Street Elementary in Hancock Park

Burroughs car jam

Steven Rosenthal is 100 percent correct about the dangerous situation that Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has created around John Burroughs (“Perils of student drop-offs and pick-ups at Burroughs,” May 2022). I live on the 600 block of South June Street, and we also experience the same issues as he has described. My driveway is regularly blocked, and the number of near misses in auto accidents or children being hit are far too many to count. The school

“I went on a senior trip to the Dominican Republic to visit a school friend, so I would say that was a major way I’ve already celebrated. My family will be flying out to see my graduation. Then, I’m going to Hawaii to stay with my godmother and work for the summer. Charlotte Andrews Larchmont Village Senior at The Kent School

(Please turn to page 22) Write us at letters@larchmontchronicle.com. Include your name, contact information and where you live. We reserve the right to edit for space and grammar.

CORRECTIONS ‘Parent child’ credit

The caption for the “Parent child” image on the front page of the May issue omitted proper credit: ©Jeff Wall, courtesy Gagosian.

It’s the ‘2021’ survey

The headline in last month’s article on the Larchmont 2021 survey incorrectly said, “Larchmont 2001.”

“This year I am celebrating my graduation from Larchmont Charter by spending time with my school friends, my mom and my sister Natalee. Then, I’ll hit the baseball field hard and heavy.” Noah Torres-Clifford Park La Brea 8th grader at LCS


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A little piece of the Dodgers lives on Beachwood Drive By Nona Sue Friedman The Los Angeles Dodgers season is in full swing, and fans regularly are heading to the stadium. A family on South Beachwood Drive has taken being a Dodgers fan to a new level. They’ve recently embedded a beautiful, locally crafted custom brass home plate in their driveway. It tells you exactly how far you are from home plate at Dodger Stadium: 24,816 feet. Windsor Square homeowner Noel Maxam figured the exact distance himself using the longitude and latitude of both locations via Google. Maxam got the idea after noticing a home in the neighborhood with embedded pennies in its driveway spelling out “walk in peace.” He then thought of all the multiple signs at Dodger Stadium that inform you of your distance from home

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had it laid in the driveway while his wife was out of town. However, he said, “My wife loves it.” Baseball has been a big bonding activity for their family. They were active members of Wilshire Warriors baseball league with their son, Edward, for eight years. The experiBRASS HOME PLATE states the distance to ence, accordDodger Stadium’s home plate in Chavez Raing to Maxam, vine. “allowed me to give my son a childhood.” plate. The combination For now and for many birthed the plaque placed in years to come, baseball will the family driveway. Not entirely certain how his be remembered by these famwife would react to installing ily members whenever pulling the permanent plaque, Maxam into their driveway.

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porters of Sycamores and the Pasadena Tournament of Roses joined together in a tree planting ceremony to honor Sycamores’ 120th anniversary. Hancock Park resident and Sycamores board chair John Drinker welcomed guests to the event on April 29, Arbor Day, at the Tournament House in Pasadena. Sycamores president and CEO Debra Manners spoke of the two Southern California organizations’ shared history, dating back to the creation of Sycamores as Pasadena’s first orphanage in 1902. The Pasadena Children’s Training Society, later named Sycamores, was established by Fannie Rowland, the wife of Dr. Francis F. Rowland, a founder of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and the Grand Marshal of the first Rose Parade in 1890. More recently, Sycamores has partnered with the Tournament of Roses by providing wellness support to members of the 2022 Royal Court. According to Manners, “Planting a sycamore tree at the Tournament House symbolizes both our shared past and our new growth into the future.” Today, Sycamores is a behavioral health and child welfare agency based in Pasadena. Learn more at Sycamores.org. May 4 marked the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Jeffrey Foundation by Alyce Morris Winston. A festive celebration was held, and participants included Beverly Cohen,

RÉSIDENCE DE FRANCE ceremony attendees included Tina Pomerance (left) and Jill Bauman.

AWARDEE Katie Buckland (left) and French Consul Julie Duhaut-Bedos.

chair of the Circle of Love support group, and Barbara Berg, Veronica Solano, David Kinnoin, Larry Covin, Niloo Bahadori and Winston’s husband, Edgar. Winston opened the doors of the Jeffrey Foundation in 1972 with the desire to give her son, Jeffrey, who had muscular dystrophy, a better life. After quitting her job as a model for Max Factor, Alyce began to develop a grassroots program to provide to special needs children activities and outings they could enjoy. These outings, which instill a sense of pride and accomplishment in the young people, also provide their families with much-needed companionship and support. Learn more at: thejeffreyfoundation.org A few days later, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Commission for Women gathered people at downtown’s Omni Hotel at a May 9 luncheon to honor Dr. Barbara Ferrer with the commission’s

President’s Award. Ferrer heads the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. It was the commission’s 37th annual fundraiser, and it was themed “A Time of Reverence, Hope and Action.” The luncheon also recognized a host of other women who work to bring about social and economic change and promote equality. Then, closer to home (at Raleigh Studios at the northeast corner of the Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association community), there was a mini film festival over the May 14-15 weekend. The inaugural Mexican-American Film and Television Festival & Awards showcased new films, short films and TV pilots produced and featuring Mexican-American filmmakers and actors. The award ceremony for best director, best film, actor and actress, and other categories featured Edward James Olmos presenting the Lifetime

PRESIDENT OF THE 2023 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Amy Wainscott (left), with Sycamores president and CEO Debra Manners and board chair John Drinker.

Achievement Award 2022 to producer Moctesuma Esparza. A few days later, under an amazing, historic oak tree in the beautiful backyard garden of Kristen and Jeff Jaeger in Hancock Park, Imagine LA gathered several score concerned and interested neighbors and others who are anxious about ending the homelessness crisis. The topic of what is and isn’t working, along with the best strategy for moving forward, was the subject of a compelling presentation by Sarah Dusseault. She is the co-chair of the Los Angeles County Blue Ribbon Commission on Homelesess, which just released a report on the current state of addressing the vexing problem. Dusseault’s presentation and other material about the event is on the Imagine LA website at: tinyurl.com/yybyjc2f Dusseault, former chair of the joint city-county Los Angeles Homelessness Services Authority (LAHSA) — and one-time chief of staff for Fourth Council District Councilmember David Ryu — was

JEFFREY FOUNDATION Circle of Love chair Beverly Cohen (left) and foundation founder and CEO Alyce Morris Winston cut the 50-year anniversary cake.

introduced, and later questioned, by event hosts Jill Bauman, Imagine LA president, and Teddy Kapur, the organization’s board chair. The local organization is focused on addressing family poverty and homelessness. As the month wrapped up, the Windsor Square Hancock (Please turn to page 6)


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IMAGINE LA held a “spring salon” in the lovely Hancock Park garden of Kristen and Jeff Jaeger, where Sarah Dusseault (right) answered questions about homelessness policy from Imagine LA’s president Jill Bauman and board chair Teddy Kapur.

MANICURED BACKYARD leads to edible garden at Hudson Avenue home. Photo by Richard Battaglia

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Park Historical Society gathered together a crowd of interested neighbors on May 22. They came to hear veteran costume designer Daniel Orlandi (who started his career as assistant to Bob Mackie for eight years) talk about his costume work in numerous films with very familiar names. The event took place at a restored and rarely-seen 102-year-old home on Van Ness Avenue. The property’s owners, new Historical Society members Clare Sebenius and Kevin Cohen, were the gracious hosts. It is so great to see people once again getting out and about — in support of good causes, community progress or even just to have fun together in the same place!

Richard Battaglia explains that this is the first garden tour of area backyards in 10 years, and the first to be officially organized by the WSHPHS, which only offered home tours prior to the pandemic. Home tours will return this October. It wasn’t difficult to excite the executive committee about planning a garden tour. “People love gardens!” enthuses Battaglia. “We are fortunate to have some great ones in our own back yard.” Larchmont Chronicle co-founder Jane Gilman and Jolin Crofts are co-chairing the event. There will be music, snacks and a plant sale. June Bilgore and Joanne Osinoff are co-chairing a silent auction. Crofts notes that she and Gilman visited each garden several times to prepare for the tour. “I’m always amazed at how gracious people are to open their homes to people. This is such a … kind neighborhood.” She continues, “We are really touched.” Battaglia would like to use the tour proceeds as seed money to tackle greening for the concrete islands at Beverly Boulevard and Rossmore Avenue. “The islands of Wilton Place were done beautifully over 10 years ago, and if that could be done, Rossmore and Beverly certainly could get done,” Battaglia notes. “We are just starting to form that committee. Hopefully, we will be able to reach out to the Wilshire Country Club, the councilmember and area residents for help with the project.” “Post-COVID, let’s get out there and bring energy to the community,” Crofts requests. “Each garden has its own personality. Let’s see these beautiful gardens!” Tickets are $40 for Historical Society members; $50 for non-members. Advance tick-

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VAN NESS AVENUE home of Clare Sebenius (center), standing with Robert Fitch and Karlene Taylor, was the setting of a Windsor Square Hancock Park Historical Society gathering.

Photo by Richard Battaglia

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By Sondi Toll Sepenuk Skiers, gymnasts, sprinters, lugers, a rollerblader and even two Olympic torches (one real and one most definitely not) all showed up to support the Hancock Park NGA (National Giving Alliance) annual fundraiser at the Wilshire Country Club on May 14. The theme of this year’s gala, “The NGA Hancock Park Olympics,” was inspired by the need to highlight the members’ resilience and hope that guided them through the pandemic together. Special guest and Canadian bobsledder Alecia BeckfordStewart (PyeongChang 2018) brought authenticity and support to the room, and she received a raucous ovation from all in attendance. The Saturday night fundraiser, which raised $54,850 in sponsorships and another $62,000 in silent auction, live auction, paddle raises and raffle tickets, was the first time the group of 107 members and their friends and spouses had been able to celebrate in person since the beginning of the pandemic. Attendees enjoyed salad, steak, salmon and various desserts while they were entertained by local residents and auctioneers Olivia and Steve Kazanjian. The night ended with members hitting the dance floor to a live DJ who provided the laughter and the beat. Throughout the year, the group of women who belong to NGA spend their time collecting, buying and distributing clothing and hygienic products

AT THE FIRST NGA GALA, post-pandemic, are, left to right: Kathleen Macomber, Beth Esrey, Stephanie Sourapas, Olivia Kazanjian, Marion Plato, Jennifer Kim and Kiel FitzGerald.

to local agencies Alexandria House, Imagine LA, Uplift Family Services (Hollygrove), Good Shepherd Shelter, McIntyre House, Operation School Bell (Assistance League of Los Angeles) and Aviva. Board members and event organizers, including Event Chairs Kiel FitzGerald and Megan Derry, Auction Chair Kathleen Macomber, Treasurer Shelagh Callahan, President Beverly Brown, Membership

Chair Alexandria Dionne, CoProject Chair Robin Chehrazi, Secretary Stephanie Johnson and Hospitality Chairs Stephanie Sourapas and Danielle Reyes, were all on hand to welcome members back to inperson celebrating. Spotted in the crowd were local residents and members Lisa O’Malley, Jennifer Kim, Jan Daley, Megan Drynan, Erin Garvan, Michaela Burschinger, Donna Econn, Julie Hoegee and Marion Plato.

LIVE AUCTIONEER Steve Kazanjian commands the room while helping NGA raise funds during its 2022 Olympics-themed gala.

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But we are lucky — many districts are going to one-dayper-week limits right away. LADWP is trusting residents to reduce our water usage voluntarily, so that stricter measures will not be necessary. Windsor Square (and surrounding neighborhoods) must rise to this challenge, and here are a few simple tips to help us achieve that goal. First, follow DWP’s rules and NEVER water during the day. Hot sun and heat can cause as much as 60 percent of your water to evaporate before it touches the ground! If you have gardeners, make sure they are aware of this and set your irrigation controls properly. Second, check your sprinklers. Don’t let them spew water in gutters or geyser up from broken heads. Test-run your sprinklers every month (and if you cannot do this yourself, supervise someone doing it). It is especially easy to be unaware of irrigation problems if you are watering at night, as you are supposed to. Careful control of your sprinkler systems could save you hundreds of gallons of water a month. Third, even if you decide to let your lawn go brown (a move many people are recommending), don’t forget to water your valuable trees — including parkway trees. Lawns are easy to replace, while trees take years to establish and can provide many benefits, such as reductions in heat and pollution. Run a soaker hose around the tree, at a very slow drip, in the evening, for several hours once a month, or use Treegator drip bags for smaller trees. Fourth, do not install new landscaping now. Even drought-tolerant plants need water to get established. Also, do not prune trees now, as they are stressed by the drought already. Wait until late fall for both of these. Bewaterwise.com is a useful website for more information on water saving techniques for the garden. Of course, it’s also important to research ways to conserve water indoors, such as taking shorter showers or exchanging old washing machines for newer, more efficient models. Let’s work together to make a significant dent in our water usage, so that we can avoid more stringent restrictions in the future. The Windsor Square Association, an all-volunteer group of residents from 1100 households between Beverly and Wilshire and Van Ness and Arden, works to preserve and enhance our beautiful neighborhood. Join with us! Drop us a line at 325 N. Larchmont Blvd., #158, Los Angeles, CA 90004, or visit our website at windsorsquare.org.


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(Continued from page 1) for a pre-primary interview with Dan Schnur at The Ebell of Los Angeles. The program on May 24 was part of The Ebell’s series of mayoral debates cosponsored by the Los Angeles World Affairs Council and Town Hall. The two candidates to appear previously were Mike Feuer and Joe Buscaino. Both subsequently withdrew from the race, with Feuer endorsing Bass and Buscaino endorsing Rick Caruso. At this most recent Ebell event, there were about 100 attendees. Schnur asked Bass questions for about 45 minutes, with the first question being about the shooting that day at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Subsequent topics of their discussion included transportation issues, homelessness, crime, the size of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD)

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CANDIDATE KAREN BASS is interviewed on May 24 by Dan Schnur as part of The Ebell’s series of mayoral debates co-sponsored with the Los Angeles World Affairs Council and Town Hall. Photo by Casey Russell

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to be with President Biden on May 25 when he signed an executive order on policing and criminal justice practices that Bass and Senators Cory Booker and Tim Scott were instrumental in getting drafted. City Council contests A bit to the west and the week prior, there was a candidate gathering for the four CD 5 candidates, and there also had been a previous nearby forum for the contestants running in CD 13. This newspaper already reported on the Windsor Square Association panel with the five CD 13 candidates moderated by political expert and local resident Michael Murphy. That full program was recorded and is available online at: tinyurl.com/ y3n2t69a More recent was the forum for CD 5 candidates at Park La Brea, organized by the Park La Brea Residents Association (PLBRA), as well as a visit to the semi-annual meeting of the Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association (LVNA) by CD 13 incumbent councilmember Mitch O’Farrell. Park La Brea All four candidates for the CD 5 seat — that soon will

PARK LA BREA Residents Association (PLBRA) sponsored a live CD 5 candidates’ forum. Moderator and PLBRA board member Nicole Duquette is at right, and the four candidates, from the left, are Jimmy Biblarz, Scott Epstein, Sam Yebri and Katy Young Yaroslavsky.

be vacated by Paul Koretz — participated in the forum in the Park La Brea recreation center auditorium on May 15, drawing about 100 residents. Presenting their different visions for the council district’s large area (Bel Air to Palms to Wilshire Park via Mid-City, Hancock Park and more) were Jimmy Biblarz, Scott Epstein, Katy Young Yaroslavsky and Sam Yebri, all of whom are attorneys. “Career politicians broke this city,” said Yebri, “and the Council needs fresh new ideas.” Epstein, who is a longtime renter in the district, said the district must address the issue of affordable housing, the homeless and climate change. “The new councilperson must have ‘lived-in’ experience, as I do,” he said. Regarding the homeless population, Biblarz said he believes the city has only touched the tip of the iceberg. “We’re basically treading water,” he said. Also addressing homelessness, Yaroslavsky mentioned the many office buildings that sit empty as a result of the pandemic and which could house the homeless. Public safety, crime and renters’ rights were among the other topics discussed. Angela Gyetvan, vice-president of the PLBRA, called the forum a success. “We were delighted with the strong turnout from Park La Brea residents and that we have four great candidates running

KATY YOUNG YAROSLAVSKY joined neighbors celebrating the 100th anniversary of the original Larchmont Village shopping district last October.

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for CD 5 this year. Our residents are becoming more and more engaged in the political process, and given that there are nearly 10,000 of us, we’re happy to speak up and vote to make sure we have the kind of representation we expect on the City Council,” Gyetvan added. Yebri and Yaroslavsky Just as the mayor’s race at this point seems to be focused primarily on two candidates — Bass and Caruso — the main contenders to become the next CD 5 councilmember are said by most seasoned political observers to be Sam Yebri and Katy Young Yaroslavsky. Both candidates have been receiving attention at gatherings at homes in Han(Please turn to page 12)

SAM YEBRI talks with interested potential voters in the Hancock Park backyard of Susana and Peter Funsten.


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City and County of Los Angeles Candidates for June 7, 2022 Primary Election Mayor Karen Bass Rick Caruso Kevin de León

Craig Greiwe John “JSamuel” Jackson Andrew Kim

Gina Viola Peake Alex Gruenenfelder Smith Ramit Varma

Mel Wilson * Mayoral write-in candidates

* The following is a list of mayoral write-in candidates as of May 24, 2022, according to the office of the City Clerk: Jesse Nathaniel Forte, Raul Aguiar, Douglas Paul Nichols, Michael Estrada, G. Juan Johnson, Messiah Truth, William “Rodriguez” Morrison.

City Council District 5

City Council District 13

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Jimmy Biblarz Scott Epstein Katy Young Yaroslavsky Sam Yebri

Albert Corado Steve Johnson Mitch O’Farrell Kate Pynoos Hugo Soto-Martinez

Sherri Onica Valle Cole Faisal Gill Kevin James Teddy Kapur Richard Y. Kim Hydee Feldstein Soto Marina Torres

Stephanie Clements Paul Koretz Reid Lidow Kenneth Mejia James O’Gabhann David T. Vahedi

Craig A. Brill Jeffi Girgenti Bob Hertzberg Roxanne Beckford Hoge Lindsey P. Horvath Henry Stern

Congressional and State Candidates for June 7, 2022 Primary Election U.S. Representative— District 30 Sal Genovese

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(Continued from page 10) cock Park, sometimes on the same day. That was the case on that same, busy, Sunday, May 15, when Yaroslavsky met neighbors in the morning at the home of Janet and Michael Soffer, at a gathering co-sponsored by Nancy Berman and Alan Bloch. Later that same Sunday, the meetand-greet was for Sam Yebri at the home of Susana and Peter Funsten, where Cindy Chvatal and Martin Beck introduced the candidate. Larchmont Village At the May 10 semi-annual meeting of the Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association (via Zoom), Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell (the CD 13 incumbent) was the featured speaker. O’Farrell, who has his campaign office on Larchmont Boulevard just south of Melrose Avenue, also took questions from residents about the state of their neighborhood. Resident Maggie Pena brought up the issue of homelessness in the area, which continues to be on the rise. “We’ve opened more shelters,” responded O’Farrell, “and we are continuing with safe streetside sweeps. The

MITCH O’FARRELL discusses the neighborhood with constituents on the February day when he opened his re-election campaign office on the Boulevard in Larchmont Village.

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number of oversized vehicles lining our blocks where many homeless people live will be addressed again at an upcoming Council meeting.” O’Farrell said that these efforts are showing positive results, particularly in the Hollywood area, although the problem persists. LVNA board member Sam Uretsky focused on Senate Bill 9, adopted by the state legislature last year. SB 9 allows single-family residential properties to be split and increased

in density to contain four, or even six, residential units. There is no requirement that such added dwellings be rented at affordable rates. “What concerns me is how this could affect our historic neighborhoods,” Uretsky said. “It would become harder to create more HPOZ (Historic Preservation Overlay Zone) designations.” O’Farrell agreed with him. Greater Wilshire The big finale of local city council primary election campaign forums took place May

THE DINING ROOM of the Ebell Club was the setting for “A Night of Candidate Forums” that featured candidates for both Council District 5 and Council District 13. Shown are the candidates for CD 13, from left: Albert Corado, Steve Johnson, Mitch O’Farrell, (Moderator Patty Lombard), Kate Pynoos and Hugo Soto-Martinez.

26, also at The Ebell. There, four neighborhood councils from different portions of CDs 5 and 13 — specifically, Echo Park (CD 13), Greater Wilshire (CD 5 and CD 13), Mid City West (CD 5) and Palms (CD 5) — co-sponsored “A Night of Candidate Forums.” Presented both in-person at The Ebell and via live stream, the event was organized to allow attendees to “better understand candidate policies and platforms.” For each portion, the first for

CD 5 being moderated by Elex Michaelson of Fox 11 News, and the second for CD 13 being moderated by Patty Lombard of The Ebell and the “Larchmont Buzz,” each candidate gave responses of up to two minutes to the same question. The audience numbered approximately 60 to 70 people for each session. On YouTube, the CD 5 portion is recorded at: tinyurl.com/4p7ybt22, and the CD 13 portion is recorded at: tinyurl.com/yckzakws.

Further information about the candidates for the most-local elections is available at: City Council District 5 Jimmy Biblarz jimmybiblarz.com Scott Epstein scottforla.com Katy Young Yaroslavsky katyforla.com Sam Yebri samforla.com

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Pan Pacific All Stars basketball team wins City Championship

THE PAN PAC ALL STARS, from left to right: Jackson Majomi-Gorman, Van Moczydlowski, Alex Floyd, Coltrane Ragsdale, Max Santamaria, Coach Fred Ragsdale, Jayden Garibay and Bronson Berschneider. Not pictured: John Jones-Boyd.

By Jim Kalin It’s been a long 14 years. The last time a Pan Pacific All Star basketball team won the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks City Championship was in 2008. None of the boys on this 2022 Major Division (ages 11 to 12) championship team was even alive then. More than 100 parks throughout greater Los Angeles and the surrounding areas participated in the tournament. There were four regions: Metro, West, Pacific and Valley. Pan Pac’s All Stars won the Metro Region Tournament, which moved them on to the Final Four Weekend. The four-team championship was played on April 23. Pan Pac’s All Stars defeated Valley in the semis, and then beat Westwood Park, which had won the West Region, in the championship game. “This was a great group of boys,” said Head Coach Fred Ragsdale. “They’re good bud-

dies, and the parent support was outstanding.” Pan Pac’s All Stars averaged 65 points per game, and four players averaged double-digit points throughout the tournament. They also held their opponents to 35 points per game. “Our league was fantastic,” said Eric Calhoun, director of Pan Pacific Park. “We had 64 kids, eight teams and two divisions.” In 2020, this group of boys had competed in the same tournament, but in the minor division (ages 9-10), however those playoffs were derailed by COVID-19. “It’s great for them,” said Coach Ragsdale. “They stuck together and came back and won it.” The leading scorer for the Pan Pac All Stars was Alex Floyd, who averaged 18 points per game. Coltrane Ragsdale averaged a triple-double throughout the tournament, and Max Santamaria led the team in three-pointers.

Minor Pan Pacific Basketball team wins Metro championship

By Caroline Tracy In addition to the All Stars Majors’ (ages 11 to 12) big win this season, the Minors Pan Pacific basketball team also had a reason to celebrate. This team of 10- and 11-yearolds, helmed by Coach Dreymon Jones, won the Metro Regional Championships. In the city-wide tournament, they came in second place, only losing in overtime to North Hollywood. The players and their families acknowledged basketball coordinator Brian Orellana (aka Shortee) and Director Eric Calhoun for their support in guiding the team.

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The Wild Horse Singers & Dancers are among performers at the American Indian Arts Marketplace at Griffith Park, 4700 Western Heritage Way, on Sat., June 11 and Sun., June 12. The show is

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Cooperstown-bound Wilshire Warriors need our support Youth Sports by

Jim Kalin cutoff date is May 1 the year of attendance in Cooperstown. So, how do the Warriors stack up? Their ace pitcher, Aaron Shin, has a stingy 1.50 ERA (earned run average). Going the opposite direction, slugger Dillanger Sanchez-Sykes wields a spanking .412 batting average. Impressive, considering that’s against other programs’ all-star pitchers. Gabriel Hart leads the team in RBIs (runs batted in) with 32, and the player who has benefitted most from that is Teddy Barringer. He’s scored 24 times this season. The team captains are Daniel Matloff and Reece Luna. This is a wellrounded squad that expects to go deep in the tournament. Fundraising The approximate cost per player is about $3,000, which includes travel, lodging, meals, uniforms and that seven-game guarantee, as well as incidentals like laundry, snacks and team pins, which the boys trade with other players throughout the week. Because of COVID-19, this will be the first Wilshire Warrior squad to visit Cooperstown since before the start of the pandemic. It’s been too long. There will be a Carnival for Cooperstown fundraiser at Pan Pacific Park in June with food, games and a home run derby. If you’d like to help with donations, or if you have more questions, reach out by email to the team manager and cocoach Stephen Matloff at stephen.matloff@gmail.com. You may donate via Venmo to the account dedicated to the Cooperstown 12U team (@Stephen-Matloff - last 4 of mobile # = 9940) using this link: https:// bit.ly/Warriors12U. Finally, donations may be made by check payable to “Wilshire Warriors” and mailed to Stephen Matloff, 511 S. Lucerne Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90020.

THE TEAM. Back row, (left to right), Coaches Stephen Sykes, Steve Matloff, Fred Ragsdale, Rick Luna and Steven Shin. Middle row (l to r): Coltrane Ragsdale, Gabriel Hart, Raphael Gray, Reece Luna, Dillanger Sanchez-Sykes and Aaron Shin. Front row (l to r): Nathaniel Palmer, Ryan Seeley, Daniel Matloff, Keiran Andersen, Nate Schechter, Brandon Phan and Teddy Barringer.

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Wilshire Warrior baseball General Manager Stephen Matloff and Head Coach Fred Ragsdale expect their travel team to play 11 games in Cooperstown, New York, this summer. “If we make it to the championship game, we already will have played 10 games,” said Ragsdale. That doesn’t include the pick-up games, sometimes two or three in a day, that the team will play that week leading up to the trip’s culmination, an event that Dreams Park Cooperstown calls The Greatest Tournament in America. Li’l League Abner Baseball’s origins are speculative. The most popular myth is that Abner Doubleday invented the game in Cooperstown in 1839, but there’s much debate and doubt surrounding that version. What isn’t debatable is that Cooperstown has become youth baseball’s mecca, and how could it not be? That’s where the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is located. The best of our local 12-yearold Wilshire Warriors are headed to Dreams Park Cooperstown to participate in a baseball summer camp where 64-100 teams attend per week. The players and coaches room in barracks, and during the day when they’re not at clinics or competing, they roam the grounds, watching other teams play and meeting boys from all over the country. Dreams Park was founded and constructed in 1996. There are 22 grass playing fields and 104 barracks in the 165-acre Baseball Village. The fields have lights, so the boys play night games, too. And there are plenty of spectators. Cooperstown is a family destination, with parents and siblings encouraged to attend games when not on Otsego Lake or touring the Baseball Hall of Fame; there are plenty of hotels and Airbnbs to accommodate families. The experience for the players mirrors big league ball as much as possible. The infields are groomed, and the fields have short porches, meaning the fences are not that far back. “We’re expecting a lot of home runs,” said Ragsdale. Interesting comment, especially when Ragsdale’s son Coltrane leads the team in home runs this season with seven. The lineup In the tournament, each team is guaranteed seven games (weather permitting – after all, this is baseball, where rain is often the 10th man) through round-robin pool play, then a double-elimination bracket. This is where the 10 games Ragsdale referred to come into play. All players must be 12 or under to participate. The birthday

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By Suzan Filipek Don’t let their size fool you. Caspians have a centuries-old pedigree and a pleasant personality. “They are very special. They are perfectly proportioned. I like to say they are a horse who went through the dryer,” says Gene Gilbert, vice president of the Caspian Horse Society of the Americas. Besides their diminutive size — they are perfect for riders under five feet and 100 pounds — they are as beautiful as any stallion. Gilbert has 11 Caspians at Enterprise Farms, her summer camp and riding school in Atwater Village. Alison Martin and Karina Elliott of North Carolinabased Livestock Conservancy recently paid a visit to the stables to see the rare breed.

A PRIZED Caspian horse with (left to right) Karina Elliott, Gene Gilbert and Alison Martin at Enterprise Farms. The Caspian, named “MCCS Javeneh,” is dame (mother) of three of the 11 Caspians at Enterprise Farms.

The nonprofit Livestock Conservancy is dedicated to saving rare breeds. “They are critically endangered,” Gilbert explains, as there are only 750 Caspians trotting the planet. Still, that’s a big boost from when American Louise Firouz rediscovered the vanishing breed in 1965 after she married into Iran’s royal family and moved to Iran. She started a breeding program — the Duke of Edinburgh cared for two of the horses and more were exported abroad. Later, breeding programs sprang up elsewhere. The Caspian is believed to be descended from the old-

est horse breeds in the world. “The king would use them to hunt lions, pulling a chariot,” said Gilbert. But by 1300 they were believed to be extinct. Besides its riding school and summer camp, the 22-yearold Enterprise Farms features Caspian horses in its special needs programs. The breed is known for the horses’ calm temperament. Enterprise Farms, 3919 Rigali Ave., has weekly camps from June 5 to Sept. 12, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. While the June camps are full, there are openings in July and August. For more information, call Gene Gilbert at 323-665-8977.

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Beloved coach to retire from Pilgrim after 40-year run

By Suzan Filipek A much-loved sports coach at Pilgrim School, Mike Sarafian, is retiring after 46 years at the kindergarten-through12th-grade school. He will be celebrated at the Alumni Reunion Celebration Aug. 20 at 4 p.m. on the campus. Alumni, students, faculty, parents, friends and family are invited. Tickets will go on sale on the school website in July: pilgrim-school.org. In the school’s 64-year history, Mike Sarafian “is one of our most beloved faculty members,” Head of School Patricia Kong said in the announcement of his retirement. “His warmth, passion for all things sports, and dedication to Pilgrim has enriched each and every community mem-

ber’s experience for decades, whether it be in our hallways, on the field, or traveling to away games with his teams. It is with mixed emotions that I share with you that Coach Sarafian will retire at the end of this school year,” Kong said. Coach Sarafian’s mark on Pilgrim went beyond sports to every corner of the school. “Whether it’s at morning drop-off or at an after-school practice, Coach’s booming voice and positive energy puts a smile on everyone’s face and inspires excitement in our students. He is one of the first people our visiting alumni seek out, and someone they mention time and time again while reflecting on their time here. It always amazes me how, despite teaching hun-

COACH Mike Sarafian will be honored at the school’s Alumni Reunion Aug. 20.

Get your ‘early bird’ discount for AYSO fall season through June 21 The AYSO 2022 fall season is open now with “early bird” discount through Tues., June 21. “We are encouraging everyone to register ASAP and consider volunteering as a coach and/or referee,” said Kurt Muller, volunteer, regional commission, AYSO 78 Hollywood. “The level of interest in soccer is at an all-time high, especially in Los Angeles, home to the LA Galaxy, LAFC, and the brand-new women’s team, An-

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dreds of students since 1982, Coach Sarafian never fails to remember a former student, their accomplishments, and even the accomplishments of their family members.” Upon reflection on his “second home, Pilgrim School,”

Coach Sarafian said he’s been asked many times why he’s stayed all these years. “My answer has always been because Pilgrim keeps asking me back. “I have so many people for whom I am eternally thankful… How great is it to come

to school with your family every day! All of these people, and countless others, made coming back to Pilgrim year after year an easy choice,” said the “Pilgrim Patriot for Life,” who is also a husband, father and grandfather.


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Yucatan-style Mexican and pan-global vegetarian surprise

While driving to dinner in Hollywood a few weeks ago, I noticed anew how dreary the side streets are. Yet on further inspection it became clear that when I wasn’t looking, dozens of boutique hotels, many with restaurants or rooftop bars, popped up among otherwise unappealing buildings. We headed to one such place, the Tommie Hotel, an elegant but informal and hip boutique on Selma Avenue in Hollywood with a stunning, mainly outdoor restaurant, Ka’teen, on the ground floor. Entering from the street through a bent-reed tunnel, we were greeted by 5,000 square feet of lush greenery with a large welcoming bar, tall, arced, modern heat lamps and blankets piled near each table in case anyone was still chilly. Chef Wes Avila, known for establishing Guerilla Tacos downtown and the Angry Egret Dinette in Chinatown, here pays homage to the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico both in the food and the foliage. Our son noted that it looked exactly like Tulum, a popular vacation destination south of Cancun. Cocktails, $18, are fruity and refreshing. The house margarita comes in a choice of passionfruit, guava or mango. The Gypsy Fever is a mezcal drink with passionfruit, guava, lime, agave and fire water (hot cinnamon-flavored whiskey). The Witchdoctor combines peach, lime and sage with

mezcal. We started with $18 kanpachi crudo and $19 striped bass ceviche. Refreshing, but I’ve had more ethereal raw fish elsewhere. Another starter, $10 potato taquitos, were delicious. The homey spuds with the crunchy fried tortilla wrapper and the pungent avocado salsa were a flavorful way to start our meal. Conchita pibil, $42, a typical Yucatan dish, was fall-off-thebone pork cooked in a banana leaf. A sauce of dry chiles and bitter orange added depth of flavor, $42. A whole grilled branzino was served with two salsas (one fiery hot), spicy carrots and charred lime. This dish is sold at “market price,” depending on the type and size of the fish being featured that evening. We paid $72 for a giant plate of fish deliciousness, enough for four with some left to take home. Both entrees were served with soft corn tortillas. The $8 whole small potatoes with umeboshi aioli, a mayonnaise base mixed with Japanese spicy pickled plum paste, were a pleasant starchy side for both of our mains, but not as special as the ingredients suggested and the décor demanded. Ka’teen at the Tommie Hotel, 6516 Selma Ave., 323410-6360. I’m an omnivore, but I’ve enjoyed some vegetarian and vegan restaurants in the past few years, now that they’ve moved beyond the mainly

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mushy bean-based dishes that filled menus at the start of the plant-based eating trend. Olivia, a new vegetarian place with vegan options, exemplifies this trend. It’s a casual, friendly and tasty spot for those in the neighborhood and beyond. The attractive little storefront restaurant belies its depressing Koreatown strip mall location. Surrounded by multiple vacancies and a burnt-out building next door, it’s not an ideal site, but Executive Chefowner Mario Alberto, who lives nearby, made the most of it. There are pale peach walls, simple seating, the most cheerful staff I’ve ever met and an ambitious menu. Chef Alberto rose through the ranks at some of the most interesting restaurants in Los Angeles, including Ysabel, Laurel Hardware, Mo-Chica and the late, great Lazy Ox Canteen that, in its time, was a revelatory taste experience. They don’t have a wine license, but we were very happy with a house-made Farmers Market Strawberry Lemonade, $8, and $6 fresh melonflavored water with slivered cantaloupe. Olivia opened in March

and Yelpers immediately declared their signature dish: fried olives. The $13 crusted briny olives sit atop whipped macadamia nut ricotta with truffle honey. I didn’t care for the grainy texture of the ricotta, but the flavored honey smoothed out the otherwise delightful dish. The $16 crispy “chicken” presents breaded and fried meaty oyster mushrooms with mustard greens. I wasn’t fooled, but who needs poultry when these were so satisfying? There’s $15 pumpkin seed hummus, $13 baby heirloom tomatoes with miso feta and focaccia, Japanese noodles with shiitake and wood ear mushrooms and braised greens in mushroom broth for $18.50. Olivia also features shishito peppers, $16, with

chili, cilantro and grapefruit from the Larchmont Farmer’s Market, one of three local farmer’s markets the chef frequents. Olivia has both vegetarian and vegan pizzas for $16 - $18, most with unusual toppings such as chili soy sausage with feta and pea tendrils with pesto and oat cream sauce. We enjoyed a pizza with potato, kimchee, gruyere, gouda and jalapeño. Our favorite dish of the night was a complex $16 salad of kale, napa cabbage, cucumber and Asian pear, also from the Larchmont Farmer’s Market, tossed in a dressing made with gochugaru, a smoky and spicy blend of Korean pepper flakes. Olivia, 205 S. Vermont Ave., 213-277-1723.

SVMOW Hollywood Under the Stars at Paramount June 25 St. Vincent Meals on Wheels (SVMOW) will be recreating the feel of old Hollywood glamour with its comeback fundraising gala, “Hollywood Under the Stars,” Sat., June 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Paramount Studios, 5515 Melrose Ave. Proceeds will go toward SVMOWs senior nutrition program that prepares and delivers meals to homebound, vulnerable residents. This gala is the first event since the beginning of COVID-19 and also commemorates 45 years of the organization. “The Paramount Studios lot is in the heart of our delivery area and is the perfect location to celebrate our own long history and to support the expanding program needs as we continue to serve the increasing numbers of seniors who rely on us daily,” said Veronica Dover, SVMOW executive director. The evening will consist of a VIP champagne recep-

tion, gourmet dishes crafted by noted Los Angeles chefs, a behind-the-scenes video presentation starring Martin Sheen and High Rize, a 10-piece band guaranteed to get attendees on their feet. Chefs featured Among the chefs is Kevin Meehan, co-founder of Kali Restaurant on Melrose Avenue. He will be presenting culinary creations made from local California farms on a menu that is 90 percent organic and sustainable. Meehan cooks with local and hyper-seasonal ingredients to put a sustainable twist on the Californian palette. Other chefs include Edgar Ramos of Wood & Vine, a new American restaurant and cocktail bar at the W Hotel in Hollywood, and Vicky Escalante of Etoile Filante Patisserie, making her culinary debut. For tickets and more information, visit svmow.org/Hollywood

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State attorney general Bonta at HoL June 5

The House of Lebanon (HoL) is hosting a speaker series event with Calif. Attorney General Rob Bonta on Sun., June 5. The event will take place from 3:45 to 5 p.m. at 4800 Wilshire Blvd. Bonta is the first person of Filipino descent to serve as attorney general. His priorities mostly concern instilling justice and fairness in government and other institutions. At the speaker series, he will discuss hate crimes, small businesses, immigration, housing and other issues the community faces. HoL is the first Lebanese Cultural Center in Los Angeles. They help to preserve, promote and celebrate Lebanese culture. People of all backgrounds are invited to learn about Lebanese culture through different programs and events. RSVP at tinyurl. com/2p9ckns. Free.

sionally as possible, but there is a lot of finger-pointing at the moment about “lived experience.” Can a white author tell a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color) story? By extension, can a white critic review a Black play? Pamela Paul, in her debut column for the “New York Times” (“The Limits of Lived Experience,” 4/24/22) tries to put some of these objections to rest, not completely successfully. I have issues with the idea that we need to see only “ourselves” on stage. The purpose of theater — if it needs one — is to expand our horizons and show us worlds that are not our own. Imagination and insight into the human condition play a greater part in drama than biology. I confess I was relieved when the two Black men next to me at “Slave Play” muttered their frustrated anger at points in

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Louis Fantasia through the last 50 years. The diversity of Black voices can generally (perhaps simplistically) be grouped into two broad categories: the traditional “well-made play” that goes back to Lorraine Hansberry and August Wilson, and includes Pearl Cleage, Alice Childress, Lynn Nottage and Dominque Morisseau; and a more radical / avant-garde line reaching back to Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) and Adrienne Kennedy, encompassing Mr. Harris, Mr. Jackson and Keenan Scott II, among others. One tries to review any play as dispassionately and profes-

the play at the same time I did, just as I was reassured by the head-nodding “uh-uhs” from a row of Black women behind me at “Alabama Sky” who caught the playwright’s Ibsenesque points well in advance. Their responses seemed to confirm that my own critical instincts were not some display of “white privilege” but rather good theatrical sense.

This is the audience I want to have in the theater — engaged, involved, listening. To limit them, or myself, to only a single slice of the dramatic pie because we do not have the “lived experience” to bake the rest of it is both foolish and dangerous. And Lord knows, the times are foolish and dangerous enough.

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Wakings continues at the Odyssey through Sun., June 5. Stand out performances by Ron Bottitta, Diana Cignoni, C.J. O’Toole and Darrell Larson only underline the dated nature of the one-acts by Pinter, Robert Coover and a passage from Hermann Hesse that make up the evening. Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor opens at The Will Geer Theatricum, Sat., June 11 and runs, along with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” through the summer. Come From Away, about immigrants and Canadian kindness, is at the Ahmanson until Sun., June 12. Finally, nearly 240 shows — everything from one-person shows to world premieres — will find their way on stage as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival, June 9-26. Check out the website hollywoodfringe.org and go!

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Harry Truman declared Flag Day a national holiday in 1949, the year I was born. When I was a kid at school, parades and assemblies celebrated the date that Congress, in 1777, declared Old Glory our national banner. When I came to California, I learned that June 14 is also Bear Flag Republic Day, commemorating the 1846 conquest of California over Mexico. Those were the only June holidays I knew until Juneteenth permeated the nation’s consciousness — and my own. In 2021, President Biden declared June 19 a national holiday, officially commemorating the 1865 end of slavery in America. Juneteenth is also the only new national holiday since Martin Luther King Day was established in 1983. Why wasn’t Juneteenth celebrated earlier? Why didn’t I know about it as a kid? Was this an indicator of systemic racism, or a flaw in my education? The question is more than theoretical if you grow up to be a white male critic. Broadway was abuzz last fall as seven Black plays debuted, yet most of those shows struggled to find audiences. While the revival of Notzake Shange’s “For Colored Girls…” and Michael R. Jackson’s “A Strange Loop” are strong Black voices on Broadway this spring, the Great White Way is dominated by comfort-food throwbacks like “The Music Man,” “Funny Girl” and “Plaza Suite.” Were it not — thankfully — for the long-overdue presence of actors, singers, dancers and directors of color in such plays, audiences might be forgiven for thinking they had slept

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Recalculating pitchers, Abbey’s gorgeous new era, chutzpah! Facing Nolan (10/10): 102 minutes. Who is the best pitcher of all time? I never saw Walter Johnson or Cy Young or Christy Mathewson or Grover Cleveland Alexander, so won’t opine on them. But I have seen those from the ’40s on. The best I ever saw was Sandy Koufax, but Sandy only had six good years (1961-66). Before catcher Norm Sherry gave him the tip during a spring training game in 1960 that changed his life, he was a wild man. Warren Spahn is #2. Maybe Bob Gibson is #3 of those I’ve seen. Bob Feller is up there, but I didn’t really see him pitch. Today’s pitchers who can’t even complete a game aren’t in the picture. Now this documentary about Nolan Ryan has me recalculating. One of the best docs I’ve seen about anything, it tells the story mostly through interviews with people who should know: batters who have faced him. Included are George Brett, Rod Carew, Cal Ripken, Jr., Craig Biggio and many more, along with, of course, Ryan himself and his movie-star-gorgeous wife and their children and lots of clips of him in action. As an aside, he has a beautiful family. He blew away lots of records, sev-

en no-hitters and a fastball timed at 107 mph, pitching effectively until he was 47. Maybe he should be near the top of my list? Downton Abbey: A New Era (9/10): 124 minutes. PG-13. Apparently struggling to find a plot device, director Simon Curtis and writer Julian Fellowes stole one from the iconic 1952 MGM musical “Singin’ in the Rain.” The minute I heard the voice of actress Myrna Dalgleish (Laura Haddock) it was clear that she was mimicking Jean Hagen, who played Lina Lamont in “Rain.” Hagen won an Oscar nomination for her performance as the voice-challenged silent star beauty. There’s a lot more to this than the takeoff from the classic film, of course. As has become emblematic from the TV series and the first movie, the production values are outstanding. The locations (including the French Riviera) are gorgeous, the color mesmerizing and the recreation of the post-Edwardian era of the 1920s superb. The movie-filming plot is a good setup for the gang to resolve what becomes a big family mystery. Spoiler alert: Everything about this film is

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Tony Medley top notch…until the ending. I don’t know what Curtis and Fellowes were thinking but it was a bad idea to end this uplifting, happy film on such a downer. Had it ended 10 minutes earlier, I would have rated it 10/10. As a footnote, the movie stands on its own and does not rely on having seen the TV series as a required prelude. Diamond Hands: The Legend of WallStreetBets (9/10): 89 minutes. How a group of irreverent youngsters took on the Wall Street pros and ran a short squeeze on the stock of Gamestop is told by the whippersnappers themselves and it’s a fascinating tale of risk and reward, ups and downs, gains and losses … and Chutzpah! Bravo.tv and MSNBC. The Offer (8/10): 10-Episode series. TV-MA. This series is told from the POV of 42-year-old Al Ruddy (Miles Teller). It shows deep mob involvement, especially Joe

Colombo (Giovanni Ribisi), boss of the Colombo crime family. Paramount boss Bob Evans (Matthew Goode in a splendid performance), who post production claimed credit for severely editing writer/ director Francis Ford Coppola’s “Godfather,” is shown as a crazed, drug-addled over-thetop studio exec who greenlighted the film but fought Ruddy on just about every decision, from picking Coppola (Dan Fogler) to casting Marlon Brando (Justin Chambers, who does a fine job) and Al Pacino (Anthony Ippolito, who captures Pacino’s insecurities). Gulf and Western CEO Charles Bludhorn (Burn Gorman) is the boss of everyone. In real life, he was a unique person. Whether he was as bizarre as Gorman plays him would be difficult to believe, although anything is possible. As to casting, Fogler captures Coppola’s challenged height (5 feet 4 inches) and Goode shows Evans to be probably the way he was and is. The series shows how Ruddy bent over backwards to kiss up to the Mob and he continues that posture with this movie, just a bunch of regular guys who happen to kill people for a living. Unjustly minimized is

Peter Bart (Josh Zuckerman), who first optioned Puzo’s book for Paramount, and is a far stronger personality than shown here. Notwithstanding, this series is entertaining and enjoyable. Paramount+ The Most Reluctant Convert: The Untold Story of C. S. Lewis (8/10) 73 minutes. Max McLean stars in a play he wrote as C. S. Lewis, the creator of “The Chronicles of Narnia.” Lewis is probably equally well-known as a convert from strict atheism to devout Christianity. Lewis (Please turn to page 21)

American soprano sings at All Saints’ in Beverly Hills

Melissa Givens, an American soprano, will be performing at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills on Sun., June 12 at 5 p.m. She has been described as “a pleasure to hear” with a rich and powerful tone. Givens will be accompanied on piano during the hour-long concert. No reservations are needed. Donations requested at the door are $20 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.

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GEORGE SARAH ENSEMBLE perform “Min and Elsa” from 29:36 to 34:51 on the 55-minute Tarfest Festival Video.

Music and art festival Tarfest returns virtually

By Caroline Tracy Tarfest 2022 is live. The annual music and art festival, usually held on the grounds surrounding the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, moved this year to a virtual presentation due to COVID-19. The festival, featuring musical and dance performances, can be viewed entirely online via the Tarfest website. “In its 19th year, and — everyone hopes — in the final stages of this pandemic, Tarfest provides meaningful opportunities for artists to perform and viewers to enjoy those performances,” said James Panazzo of Launch LA and Tarfest co-founder and director. “This celebration of culture and music was made possible by the years of experience in producing this event and the amazing collaborators who helped to make it possible.” Tarfest is a presentation of

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(Continued from page 20) narrates his story himself and it’s a special journey, indeed. It starts with him as a boy and shows how he lost his beloved mother when he was nine and was brought up by his relatively cold father. It takes us through his experiences in the World War I trenches, to his time at Oxford with friends like J.R.R. Tolkien, who greatly influenced his religious beliefs. It’s based on Lewis’ memoir, “Surprised by Joy.” Prime Top Gun Maverick (7/10): 124 minutes. PG-13. This is not your grandfather’s “Top Gun” (1986; yes, it’s been 36 years since the first one!), which was apparently good enough to become seminal. The first hour setup is clichéd; a weak imitation of Robert Conrad’s wisecracking “Black Sheep Squadron” (1976-78). But after all that folderol, it gets entertaining when the flying and dogfights start. The special effects are spectacular and probably worth the morethan-two-hour sit.

Launch LA, a nonprofit arts organization. This year’s program showcases dance routines by two contemporary dance companies and seven musical performances featuring more than 40 musicians. It can be viewed online at tarfest.com.

The late Betty White will be honored at the 2022 Beastly Ball, Los Angeles’ wildest fundraiser, on Sat., June 4. A white-carpet reception and tribute with announcement of the recipient of the Betty White Conservation Hero Award will be featured, and comedian Joel McHale will host the event, which will be in person for the first time in two years. The event also includes food, libations entertainment and after-hours access to the Zoo. Animal feeding and keeper talks as well as a silent auction also will be featured. The impact that the Zoo has on conservation will be showcased by honoring Dr. B. Natterson-Horowitz and animal behaviorist and science writer Kathryn Bowers. “This event is critical to … ongoing support of the Zoo’s work in wildlife conservation … public education programs and the latest advancements in animal care and veterinary medicine,” said Tom Jacobson, president of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association. The 2022 recipient of the Hero Award is Stephen Badger, former chairman of Mars, Incorporated and great-grandson of Mars’ founder; he was central to driving the company’s corporate social and environmental responsibility initiatives to combat climate change.

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‘American Royalty’ autos will be on display June 4

Cadillacs, Imperials and Lincolns will be paraded at the 26th annual Gilmore Heritage Auto Show on Sat., June 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Original Farmers Market, 6333 W. Third St. This year’s theme is “American Royalty” in honor of American luxury vehicles of yesteryear, when their owners traveled like kings and queens.

Also featured will be Packards, Duesenbergs and dozens of other classics, hot rods and trucks. The Auto Show promises to roll out the red carpet after the show was scaled back last year and cancelled altogether in 2020 because of the pandemic. The event is free to the public, with the regular Market parking rate of 90 minutes free with merchant purchase validation.

Sit back and enjoy summer nights under the stars at the historic Hollywood Forever Cemetery while watching some classic films hosted by Cinespia. Not for the faint of heart, “American Psycho” screens on Sat., June 4. Celebrate Judy Garland’s 100th birthday and benefit Project Angel Food on Sun., June 12, when “The Wizard of Oz” follows the Yellow Brick Road. It’s a showdown between humans and the extraterrestrials in “Aliens,” screening on Sat., June 18. A DJ and dance floor light up the night when “But I’m a Cheerleader” screens on Sat., June 25. Doors open at 7:15 p.m., and the shows start at 9 p.m. Attendees are invited to bring a picnic or pick up something at the concession stand as the event is set up for lawn-style seating. Hollywood Forever Cemetery is at 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard. Tickets are $20 to $30, plus parking. Visit cinespia.org.

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Verdi’s ‘Aida’ is performed with modern art flair through June 21 Verdi’s epic love story continues at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion through June 21 with a lavish production by L.A. Opera, featuring a chorus, orchestra, ballet and designs by local contemporary artist RETNA. Latonia Moore makes her company debut as Aida, her signature role. Tenor Rus-

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(Continued from page 1) confirmed. “Currently the team’s goal is getting him assistance. Connect him to services. Help him obtain Social Security or other benefits he’s entitled to. Get him into permanent housing near the neighborhood he was from.” Larchmont, one supposes. Notwithstanding Giorgio’s protestations in the past about not wanting help, it sounds as though he is cooperating with his care. “He seems fine thus far,” said Alvarez. “But he’s actually going to be in the hospital for at least another month.” It is likely we will see Giorgio again. As Alvarez explains, “We understand the community was involved with him. We will take him back [to Larchmont Boulevard] so they see he’s doing well.” “Most often when homeless people are picked up for evaluation, they are brought to a hospital,” explained Nathan Sheets, executive director of The Center, a nonprofit that helps the homeless. In our area and throughout Hollywood, there is a usually-designated hospital that is not popular with Sheets. “That’s the worst hospital,” said Sheets. “They’re quick to discharge.” In fact, according to Sheets, it’s common that a psychiatrist’s evaluation there consists of a single question, “How are you?” If the answer given is “Fine. Why am I here?” the patient will be released. Outreach workers from The Center have reported finding their homeless clients, posthospital evaluation, on a bus bench at Vermont Avenue and Sunset Boulevard still in hospital gowns. To know that Giorgio was not released back into the wild and may soon have a permanent bed and roof over his head is astounding. How, after so many years on the street, did Giorgio finally get help? How homeless are helped Josh Hoffman, Coordinated Entry System (CES) regional coordinator of The Center, explained that it takes time to win someone’s trust enough to accept help. According to Christine Stellino, director of programs at The Center, the number of people who accept help versus those who turn help down is 50/50. Giorgio always turned help down. Nathan Sheets tells the story of a homeless multiple amputee who stayed on a corner in Hollywood. It took nearly 10 years to gain his trust and get him into a conservatorship, which is when someone else becomes responsible for

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the client’s decisions. Now that man is in housing in the Valley and is doing very well. Places such as The Center are usually the first to establish contact with a homeless person. Generally, once help is accepted, the person is pointed in the direction of particular services, which involve a labyrinth of interconnected organizations, both nonprofit and governmental, which the homeless person must visit for, say, help with benefits or addiction. In the Larchmont and Hollywood areas, only the Salvation Army has the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) contract for housing. Giorgio went straight from the Boulevard to getting connected while in the hospital. Why? A plan was hatched Giorgio was particularly recalcitrant when approached by outreach workers. Only those who are deemed a danger to themselves or others can be held against their will, and I heard months ago that a plan was being hatched that would allow Giorgio to be helped in spite of himself. The Chronicle learned that Giorgio was deemed undernourished and therefore a danger to himself. By that measure, every homeless soul we see at stop lights with signs asking for help, sitting in tents stationed in front of empty storefronts or huddled in sleeping bags in the middle of busy sidewalks is undernourished. So why was Giorgio labeled malnourished and scooped up, rather than any of them? Squeaky wheel gets the grease This is a neighborhood that isn’t afraid to call attention to its problems and demand solutions. In the November 20, 2019 article, “Who complains the most about homelessness in LA?” published in the “Crosstown LA” online neighborhood newspaper, writer Gabriel Kahn cross-referenced numbers by neighborhood from the 2019 homeless count with the number of homeless-related complaints called in to the city’s 311 line. As Kahn reported, the number of unsheltered homeless individuals in Larchmont Village was 3.21. The number of neighborhood-originated 311 calls received in the first months of 2019 was 147, for a calls-per-homeless ratio of 45.69, second only to Bel Air. By way of comparison, Hollywood, with one of the highest concentrations of homeless in Los Angeles, had a ratio of 1.62 for an unsheltered homeless population of 1,191.33. Giorgio was helped because we demanded it. We did it

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MOVIES

Years-long reviews have concluded for Farmers project on Wilshire Boulevard.

COFFEE & COPS

Beloved film series returns after a two-year hiatus.

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Informal meet and greet took place at Peet’s on Larchmont last month.

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Design Review Board approves former Farmers

By John Welborne Once again, the property comprising the former Farmers Insurance headquarters and its parking lots adjoining Brookside across from Hancock Park was on the agenda of the Park Mile Design Review Board (PMDRB). This time, on May 5, the staffs of the City of Los Angeles Planning Department and a multitude of other city departments seemingly had finally concluded their years-long reviews. Redevelopment of this property on Wilshire Boulevard between Muirfield Road and Rimpau Boulevard has been in discussion with neighbors for more than half a decade, ever since it was purchased by CIM Group in 2014. The Larchmont Chronicle reported on the early development plans in our September 2015 issue. And there have been many subsequent Chronicle reports as the plans moved (multiple times) to the PMDRB, which had become generally satisfied with the designs in their late2018 version. Local review board The PMDRB consists of local people familiar with architecture, construction and real estate. The board currently is comprised of Caroline Labin-

NEW BROOKSIDE RESIDENCES are visible in an aerial view looking northwest from above Fremont Place near the corner of Muirfield Road and Eighth Street. In the foreground, along Eighth Street, there are six new single-family homes. To their north are another ten single-family residences, the “row homes.” To the west of that block is surface parking that is in addition to underground parking, all serving the former Farmers Insurance tower. The tower will house 65 condominium units and recreational space for residents. Some existing commercial office space will remain in the building’s southern end.

er Moser and John LaBombard (Windsor Square), Susan Grossman and Michael Johnson (Hancock Park) and Ted Park (Brookside). In January 2020, the board again heard presentations from the staff of

CIM Group and its architectural and landscape consultants. And the board again expressed its support — as did the board, unanimously, at the recent May 5, 2022, meeting. At that meeting, the board was joined

in giving its support by the single-family neighbors arguably most affected, who live just across Eighth Street, Jan Wieringa and Taylor Louden. During the Zoom board meeting, Louden and Wieringa

stated their appreciation for the work that has gone into the project and that they look forward to seeing the six new single-family homes built across the street from them, together with the rest of the project.

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tower project, other new Brookside residences The PMDRB recommendation of approval goes to the city’s Director of Planning. There still must be numerous other city reviews, such as by a Zoning Administrator this summer and by another agency concerning the subdivision to create the home lots. Shaul Kuba, who co-founded CIM in 1994, told us last month that x-ray testing and other exploratory work has started in the historic tower. Seismic retrofit work there may get underway in late summer or early fall and is expected to take six months, commencing more than seven years after the original city application. Technically, what was before the PMDRB on May 5 was a city procedure called a Project Permit Compliance (SPP) review, as well as a Park Mile (DRB) review. There were two cases*, one for each block (with Block A being the western block with the historic office tower). Block A The case for that block is an adaptive reuse, subdivision and change of use of the existing Farmers Insurance building’s offices into 65 residential condominium units and a unit of approximately 62,152 square feet of existing office space, all above a one-level subterranean

parking garage. The existing façade of the Farmers Building will be maintained, and no additional floor area is proposed. Block A will provide 234 parking spaces located within subterranean parking and the existing surface parking lot. Block B The case for Block B is for a small-lot subdivision for the construction, use and maintenance of ten three-story singlefamily small-lot homes comprised of two detached units and four duplex units (“row homes”) and six two-story small-lot homes along Eighth Street, for a total of 16 smalllot homes. The project proposes attached two-car garages for each home and eight shared guest parking spaces for a total of 40 on-site parking spaces. There will be a total of 81 units in the two blocks of the project. This conforms to the density limits established by the restrictive Park Mile Specific Plan that has governed the area along Wilshire Boulevard between Wilton Place and Highland Avenue since 1979. *The Block A planning department case number is ZA-2019-2192-ZAD-DRB-SPP. The Block B case number is DIR-2021-6475-DRB-SPP-HCA. Simple city stuff!

SIX NEW SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES have their front yards fronting on Eighth Street. All of their parking (a two-car garage for each house and shared guest parking spaces) is in the rear. The top of the former Farmers Insurance tower can be seen to the west.

TWO BROOKSIDE BLOCKS are shown in this plan view, with the 16 new single-family homes (six facing Eighth Street and the ten row homes to their north) being in the eastern block. The western block will see adaptive reuse of the former office tower to include 65 new condominium units, including three penthouse units on the tower’s eighth floor. Both blocks will have substantial additional landscaping.


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Align Physical Therapy is offering more post-pandemic

By Caroline Tracy Align Physical Therapy is expanding its footprint and its offerings. Located at 562 N. Larchmont Blvd., the studio has leased additional space in the same building to accommodate new services, including personal training, myofascial release massage therapy and acupuncture. Expansion and renovations are set to be

complete as of the beginning of this month. “I’m so pleased about the opening of the Performance and Recovery Center,” said Amanda Star, owner of Align. “Our original services [which include chiropractic, physical therapy, Redcord, Pilates and Gyrotonic] help clients get out of pain; the Performance and Recovery Center helps them

stay out of pain.” Upon entering Align, clients are met with various instruments for rehabilitation, movement and strengthening. The Redcord and Gyrotonic stations, for example, can be used as part of therapeutic treatment or as a supplement to any fitness regimen. The new Performance and Recovery Center, which

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Preservation paradox: YIMBYs and Brookside reuse project 1912, is comprised of architecturally significant homes by Willis Polk, Bernard Maybeck and Julia Morgan, among others. St. Francis Wood long has been recognized as a significant early garden suburb. In fact, the only argument that could be mustered by opponents was that St. Francis Wood had been founded with racist covenants (invalidated in 1948) and that historic designation would continue this “exclusionary” status because it would prevent greater density. Los Angeles YIMBYs While the heat of this type of conflict tends to cool in the temperate climes of Southern California, I did notice some aspects of the discussion that reminded me of some of the debates and misconceptions about the preservation of our own historic communities. I wrote about this in 2020 with regard to local density advocates’ “Purple Line Plan” that essentially called for the abolition of our Historic Preservation Overlay Zones (HPOZs) using some of the same reasoning as those opposing the designation of St. Francis Wood. See: tinyurl.com/2s3dst58 But what is particularly troubling is the evolution of this anti-architecture focus

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by YIMBYs in light of the fact that areas designated historic make up only six percent of Los Angeles and two percent of San Francisco. It was YIMBY activists who pressured Attorney General Rob Bonta to go off half-cocked recently — attacking the City of Pasadena for codifying exemptions for its landmark districts, a stance which Bonta was forced to reverse when he discovered that their exemptions were valid. In my estimation, YIMBYs see supporters of historic preservation as a particular kind of NIMBY (Not in My Back Yard) person, characterized as one or all of the following: conservative, elitist, rich, white, racist. That peson is an easier foe to attack and criticize than antigentrification folks, community groups and affordable housing advocates operating in lowand middle-income areas, often communities of color. In the zero-sum world of the YIMBY, any restriction on new housing

anywhere is heresy. But punching downward doesn’t make for good headlines. Intensifying locally It is a great paradox to this thinking that in Los Angeles two of the city’s most diverse communities with the greatest number of historic properties, Downtown and Hollywood, have seen the most intense levels of development. Even in Greater Wilshire, with its wealth of HPOZs and historic neighborhoods and historic cultural monuments, ample room has been found for growth in and around Hancock Park and Windsor Square, including the neighborhoods along Wilton Place, Rossmore Avenue, Melrose Avenue and even upper Larchmont Boulevard. But it is undoubtedly CIM Group’s “Wilshire Mullen” development in Brookside that tells a true success story of preservation and development working hand in hand. Forged in design and planning discussions with community stakeholders, the project will feature a restored and adaptively reused Art Deco eight-story former Farmers Insurance Company building with 65 new housing units and will replace a parking lot with 10 duplexes and six new sin-

gle-family residences in styles sympathetic to the architectural character of Brookside, all while being compliant with the Park Mile Specific Plan. CIM’s continual engagement with surrounding neighborhood groups, the care with which it designed its new housing and the respect with which it approached the historic resources involved all generated community support. CIM is also proposing more units by converting the upper floors of its nearby circa-1986 three-story office building at Wilshire Boulevard and Keniston Avenue into apartments, as well as by constructing 12 new townhomes on Eighth Street between Rimpau and Hudson in Brookside. Perhaps there is a lesson preservationists can teach YIMBYs about development. Preservation is not about protecting the past from progress, but about managing change in our built environment in a way that respects what has come first, while introducing additions which build on the best of the past to create a sustainable future. Unfortunately this is not something easily learned by those whose strategy is predicated on conflict, not resolution.

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It is an annoying and unfortunate reality that the priorities and prejudices of the YIMBY (Yes In My Back Yard) movement are set in the Bay Area, and then they are brought to the statehouse by their champion State Sen. Scott Wiener of San Francisco, who recently in a tweet called for an end to exemptions for historic districts from housing laws. Wiener’s utterance predictably was met with a raucous roar of approval from his followers, calling not only for the end to exemptions, but to end other protections (even Mills Act contracts) for contributors to historic districts. See: tinyurl.com/5y3298ww St. Francis Wood The tweet was in response to the designation of the San Francisco neighborhood St. Francis Wood as historic by the state Office of Historic Resources. YIMBYs saw this, as they see any move by municipalities to exert land use powers, as a means of circumventing the recently enacted Senate Bill 9, the housing law that allows lot splits and greater density in single-family neighborhoods. This outcry gave no regard to history and design — that this Olmstead brothers-planned “residence park,” created in


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Hollywood Bowl to kick off its centennial season on June 3

By Cerys Davies The Hollywood Bowl has been the home to the Los Angeles summer music scene for the past 100 years. This

Jazz plays on the Welcome Plaza on Fridays at LACMA

Hear Jazz at LACMA every Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Each week features a different musical performance outdoors in the Smidt Welcome Plaza. The Matt Gordy JazzTonite Sextet play June 3, and the Anthony Fung Quartet perform June 10. Bob Reynolds Quartet sparks up the night June 17, and Amber Weekes takes the stage June 24. The program continues to November. Free and on a first come, first served basis. For more information on the program, visit LACMA.org.

milestone will be celebrated on Fri., June 3 beginning at 8 p.m. with an opening night that encapsulates the spirit of the venue. The Bowl is known for showcasing artists from different genres, and opening night is no exception: it will focus on celebrating jazz, movie, classical and pop music. It is only right that opening night features the unconventional duo of Grammy winner Gwen Stefani and the Los Angeles Philharmonic (LA Phil). Centennial Overture The evening begins with the premiere of “Centennial Overture,” specifically written by John Williams for the Bowl. Williams’ “Escapades” from the film “Catch Me If You Can,” as well as Stravinsky and Ravel, are also on the program. The LA Phil and Stefani will be joined by the Youth Or-

chestra of Los Angeles (YOLA) and the UCLA Bruin and USC Trojan marching bands. The night is guaranteed to end on a high note. 101 Festival The Bowl will continue to celebrate its centennial through music and community with the free 101 Festival. This two-day festival will take place on Sat., June 11 at the Bowl and Sun., June 12 at its sister venue, The Ford, on the other side of the Hollywood Freeway (the 101). This special summer season also includes “Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom” on Sun., June 19 at 4:30 p.m. It will feature the Re-Collective Orchestra, marking the first time an all-Black orchestra will perform at the Bowl. For tickets and more information, visit HollywoodBowl. com.

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Music Center Dance DTLA set to return on Fridays starting June 3 The Music Center’s Dance DTLA series is finally back. Starting June 3 and continuing every Friday through Sept. 2, people of all ages, levels and interests are invited to dance their summer nights away. Dance instructors will offer lessons between 7 and 11 p.m. at the Jerry Moss Plaza

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at The Music Center. Every week will emphasize different dance styles, ranging from Bollywood to tango to K-pop. After the lessons, event-goers are invited to stay and party on the open dance floor with a live DJ set. For more information, visit musiccenter.org/dancedtla.


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Auto repair and gas service station are neighborhood staples By Nona Sue Friedman A trustworthy local mechanic is such a necessity in this car-centric city. Our neighborhood is privileged to have one at S.M.G Auto Repair, 4700 Beverly Blvd. at St. Andrews Place. This shop is continuing a tradition of service going back to at least the 1950s. If you haven’t had the opportunity to patronize this neighborhood establishment, check them out next time you need your car serviced or an oil change. The shop is knowledgeable, reasonable, reliable and very friendly — not to mention close by. The latest owner, Irvin Potensiano, is thrilled to own the shop and become a more permanent part of this unique area. He bought the service

portion of the (now Chevron) gas station in August 2019 from his then boss Arman Mkrtchyan, who still owns the gas station. Potensiano, a mechanic at multiple stations before arriving at this shop on Beverly Boulevard, had been working there for about five

years before he and his boss started talking about the possibility of Potensiano’s owning the shop. He said, “I’ve always wanted to own my own shop. When this opportunity came around, I took it. It’s been a huge blessing.” Helping and getting to know people and their cars is

what brings Potensiano joy. He helps multiple members of some families and claims he probably knows a family or two on every block between his shop and Larchmont Boulevard. As the theme song to “Cheers” says, “Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name.”

A bonus to this auto shop is the snack store. It has a surprisingly eclectic and high-end selection of candy and snacks. Where are you headed the next time your car needs gas or servicing? [Full disclosure: The writer is a longtime customer of S.M.G Auto Repair.]

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PROMINENT IN THE neighborhood since the 1950s, the auto repair shop still stands at the corner of Beverly Boulevard and St. Andrews Place. It now is a Chevron station.

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LANLT presents Garden Party at park June 16

“RICHARD AND JUBAL” by Sally Rightor Parks.

Works by Sally Parks are on view

“New Works,” a solo exhibition by watercolorist Sally Rightor Parks, is on view at SPARC Gallery in South Pasadena through July 9. Free. Parks, a former longtime area resident, is known for her evocative local landscapes, cityscapes and botanical scenes. Parks describes

her watercolor paintings as celebrations of nature and “a reminder that we are stewards of our earth.” Operated by the South Pasadena Arts Council, SPARC Gallery is inside the Chamber of Commerce at 1121 Mission St. To schedule a visit, contact Blue Trimarchi at 626-676-4195.

The Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust (LANLT) Garden Party is on Thurs., June 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. Attendees are invited to participate either virtually or in person at the Wishing Tree Park in West Carson. Del Amo Action Committee, Calif. Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi and LANLT Park Steward Fernando Larios will be honored. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvre, entertainment and a live auction are featured. LANLT is responsible for adding almost 13 acres of green space to Los Angeles County by creating parks and gardens. Over the past 20 years, 400,000 Los Angeles residents have gained access to green spaces provided by LANLT. For more information about LANLT or the Garden Party, visit lanlt.org.

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FOREST at the time of June 2021 planting.

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A Miyawaki-method forest celebrates one year in Griffith Park By Helene Seifer The Miyawaki forest planted in Griffith Park in June 2021 is approaching its first birthday. The dense Miyawaki method encourages fast growth, and the tallest of the 13 indigenous species already has grown to 8 feet tall within a year, doubling the 4-foot height achieved at the five-month mark. The 1,000 square feet of the circular future forest is located in the Bette Davis picnic area of the park. After two years of care, the forest should be self-sustaining. As we initially reported last year, horticulturist Katherine Pakradouni explained the circular space: “It’s an easy

design to start with. I’d seen similar designs and they were nice and inviting. I didn’t want it to be overwhelming. I want to demonstrate how much of an impact can be made in such a small space.” There is a 40-foot path through the middle of the forest, which Pakradouni says will “Encourage people to walk through it. A participatory quality will be a part of it.” Funded by the Hancock Park Garden Club and maintained by the Los Angeles Parks Foundation, the micro forest initiative is part of a program to quickly add to our city’s green canopy and to help slow climate change.

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Magic, chess, art, wild birds at in-person library events

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Memorial Branch Library will kick-start its in-person activities with First Friday’s Book Club June 3 at 1 p.m. Next, a free weekly chess club will begin Fri., June 17 from 3 to 5 p.m.. All ages and skill levels are welcome. They’ll even teach you how to play. Lastly, El Ropo!, otherwise known as Phil Van Tee, will perform live magic and sleight of hand for guests on Wed., June 22 at 1 p.m. Fairfax Branch Library is getting in on the fun with Bubblemania on Tues., June 7 at 4 p.m. Watch bubble masters create magical shimmering light reflections and envelop willing participants in a giant bubble. John C. Fremont Branch Library is bringing wildlife to its location on Sat., June 11 at 10:30 a.m. with Wendy’s Tropical Birds. Her parrots will talk, sing and do tricks to delight the audience. If you are feeling creative, come by Sat., June 18 at 10:30 a.m. to create DIY colored tile cup coasters.

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Los Angeles Conservancy’s popular film series, Last Remaining Seats, returns after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. The Regency’s Village Theatre in Westwood will start off the series Sat., June 4 at 8 p.m. with “To Sir, With Love” (1967), starring Sidney Poitier. Audience members will enjoy a double feature at the second event of the series Sun., June 12 at 1 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles. “The Immigrant,” a Charlie Chaplin classic short from 1917 will play, followed by another Chaplin film, “The Kid” (1921). Both films will feature live organ music accompaniment. Later that night, June 12 at 7 p.m., the Orpheum will also host a screening of “Blade Runner: The Final Cut” (1982), which stars Harrison Ford and is celebrating its 40th anniversary. At the French Baroque-style Los Angeles Theatre, Joan Crawford and Norma Shearer lead the cast of “The Women” (1939) on Sat., June 18 at 2 p.m. Hitchcock’s thriller “Notorious” (1946) plays at

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‘It Was Her Own Light:’ pioneering photographer Imogen Cunningham

It was a party in San Francisco. Wish I could have been there. June 5, 1920. At Dorothea Lange’s portrait studio, 540 Sutter Street. The guest of honor was 24-year-old photographer Edward Weston. Lange invited Northern California photographer Imogen Cunningham also, specifically to meet Weston. As a follow-up, Weston sent some of his prints to Cunningham. She was delighted. Cunningham and Weston would run neck-and-neck as pioneers and inventors of modernism in photography. (Lange of course is best known for her consummate documentary storytelling.) They were about the same age, and they began their careers in the soft-focus Pictorialist style. They both became bold innovators of modernism. They both were parents to three wild boys. But Weston’s career success was immediate. Cunningham’s was not. At age 73, she felt “overlooked and undervalued.” She also was author of some of the most penetrating and psychological portraits of the 20th century. In 1963, at the age of 80, Cunningham finally had solo shows at the San Francisco Museum of Art and at the Art

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Institute of Chicago. She wrote to her friend and colleague Minor White: “Everything good has come so late. Ron [her son] says it has only happened because I have lived so long — that I am the most neglected photographer of my time.” The Getty Center’s recent exhibit, “Imogen Cunningham: A Retrospective” (March 8 – June 12, 2022) was a corrective. It was the first major show of her work in the United States in a quarter-century. It was a stunning and revelatory exhibit. The scope and brilliance of her long career swept me away. She began working in about 1910 and continued just up to her death at 93 in 1976. But if you miss the Getty exhibit, I think the beautiful catalogue, “Imogen Cunningham: A Retrospective,” written by associate curator of photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Paul Martineau, and longtime Cunningham scholar Susan Ehrens (Getty Publications, 2020) will sat-

isfy. The reproduction of the photographs that were in the exhibit is superb, and the Matineau and Ehrens essays are revealing and carefully considered. (The book is my source for these biographical facts.) I became enchanted with Cunningham around 1980, when my late husband, Bill Linsman, brought to me a signed poster of a photograph by California photographer Judy Dater. Dater’s 1974 photograph, “Imogen and Twinka in Yosemite,” which features the 91-yearold encountering a nymph (the model Twinka Thiebaud), appeared in “Life” Magazine. Why did “everything good come so late” for Cunningham? Hers was the story of almost every visual artist who happened to be a woman in the man’s world of the first half of the 20th century. Other parallels between Cunningham and Weston? Let’s take those boys. Weston often lived apart from his wife; the boys were with him when it pleased, and he was never alone. A succession of loves was around to help; he was free to pursue his work. Cunningham turned out to be a parent with the sole responsibility for her three boys. In the 1930s, when Condé Nast

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asked her to travel to New York from San Francisco for photo assignments, she asked her artist-husband along. He wanted to change the dates; she wanted to honor her employer’s timetable. He threatened divorce; he followed through. She once wrote a brief, unpublished essay called, “One Hand in the Dishpan, the Other in the Dark-

room: Of the Brief History of the Photographing Mother.” Minor White wrote of her in 1963 when Cunningham photographed him: “She likes to photograph anything that can be exposed to light, I remember her saying. Only then did I realize it was her own light — whether she admitted it or even knew it.”


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Deli dreams are on view at an exhibit at the Skirball They brought in Lara Rabinovich, an independent contractor for the Skirball, for her scholarly food knowledge. She holds a Ph.D from New York University in history and Jewish studies, with a specialty in immigration food, especially that of Romanian immigrants who brought with them the food that would become the heart and soul of the deli: pastrami. While Rabinovich delved into such historical milestones as when and from where Jewish immigrants arrived in America and how it related to the development of the deli, Mart and Thurston ate their way across the nation, one deli at a time. The result is a delicious collection of artifacts from the immigrant experience, such as a Polish passport, a Certificate of Lawful Entry and silver candlesticks. There are historic photographs of myriad delicatessens and their workers, classic deli menus, matchbook covers sporting deli names and examples of deli uniforms, including a uniform from Canter’s. The exhibit includes a meat grinder, a cash register and photographs of piles

CANTER’S DELI on Fairfax Avenue, 2018. of deli food. Also included are advertising images, such as a 1940s Hebrew National neon sign, and posters of “You don’t have to be Jewish to love Levy’s real Jewish rye.” Delicatessens began in New York when immigrants from central Europe, now part of Germany, brought over deli foods they loved, such as pickles, knishes and borscht, which became deli staples. In fact, as we find out at the exhibit, delicatessen means “a place to find delicious things to eat.” Later immigrants came from Eastern Europe and added their cuisines into the mix. Delis became a home away from home for immigrants. In particular, concentration camp survivors learned how to trust people again by opening or frequenting delis. Yiddish was spoken by many immigrants, so Yiddish, along with food, became the glue that made the deli a place of community. On one wall hangs a list of Yiddish words to learn. “The Golden Age of deli was the mid-century,” explained Rabinovich. “There were 5,000 of them in New York at that time.” She continued, “Then things turned toward the end of the 20th century when many delis did close.” Lucky for us, a new trend in delis emerged recently. “Embracing one’s roots caused a revival in deli,” Rabinovich noted. In Los Angeles, this (Please turn to page 13)

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By Helene Seifer My friend Stan Deutsch’s favorite deli dish is Langer’s #19: pastrami and Swiss on rye. Sometimes I think he travels all the way from his home in Sacramento to nosh at a good Los Angeles deli as much as to visit me. The best elixir for a cold, according to Hancock Park’s Janna Harris, was matzo ball soup from the late, great Greenblatt’s Deli. Most of the time, I dream about Canter’s lox, eggs and onions with a bagel and schmear. Who among us hasn’t enjoyed a meal at a Jewish delicatessen? Referencing the famous line from the film “When Harry Met Sally,” “‘I’ll have what she’s having:’ The Jewish Deli” exhibit, at the Skirball Cultural Center through September 4, traces the history and importance of these pastrami palaces. The exhibit came about when curators Lara Mart and Cate Thurston were chewing over ideas at lunch and realized that food brings people together. Looking through items in the Skirball’s permanent collection, it became clear that an interesting approach to a food exhibit would be to examine the delicatessen.

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Relax and breathe at Academy Museum’s ‘Calm Mornings’

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(Continued from page 12) can be seen at Wexler’s Deli in Grand Central Market and Daughter’s Deli in West Hollywood, among others. Canter’s is prominently featured in the exhibit. Established in 1931 in the then heavily Jewish neighborhood of Boyle Heights, it moved first to 439 N. Fairfax, then in 1953 to its present location

at 419 N. Fairfax. The oldest deli in Los Angeles, Canter’s has managed to stay relevant throughout the dips and peaks of deli popularity. Apart from an extensive menu of delicatessen favorites, Canter’s is also known for entertaining night owls in its Kibitz Room. “‘I’ll Have What She’s Having:’ The Jewish Deli,” Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., 310-4404500, skirball.org.

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By Helene Seifer I am calm from head to toe. Big breath in and blow out slow. -From “I am Calm from Head to Toe: Calm is my Superpower” by Lisa Thompson It’s easy to lose composure in our chaotic world. Restaurants with conversations turned to volume level 11, constant gridlock with blaring horns, flashing lights at rock concerts — it’s hard to avoid experiencing sensory overload every time we leave our homes. Big breath in and blow out slow. It’s even harder to avoid meltdowns for children and adults who are on the autism spectrum or for other people with sensory processing issues. Differences in response to stimuli are known as neurodiversity. The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures decided to


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Suspects apprehended for parked vehicle robbery in Hancock Park WILSHIRE DIVISION ROBBERY SOLVED: A woman was followed from the Western Avenue (at Third Street) post office to her home on the 300 block of Muirfield Road mid-afternoon on May 12. While getting her young children out of their car seats, she was approached by a Black male who aimed a gun at her and demanded her watch. The suspect took the watch and escaped in a black BMW driven by a second suspect, a white female. The case was assigned to the robbery-homicide division of LAPD which located and arrested the suspects. Both are currently in jail. ROBBERY: The corner of First Street and Larchmont Boulevard was the site of an

argument May 9 at 3 p.m. between a man and a woman who had been dating for a couple of months. The argument got heated, and the man demanded money from the woman. He grabbed her, and there was a struggle between the two. He eventually got her money and fled the scene. OLYMPIC DIVISION BURGLARY: A home in the 200 block of North Ridgewood Place was the scene of a robbery on May 3 at 1:30 p.m. Two suspects entered the home by smashing the rear patio window. The suspects peppersprayed two dogs in the home and ransacked a bedroom, stealing jewelry, money and a coin collection. ROBBERY: Two male sus-

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holding the dog and yelled, “Come get your dog!” HOT PROWL BURGLARIES: A male suspect in his late 20s entered a multi-unit dwelling while some victims were sleeping. When another victim returned home, the suspect fled with a wallet and keys. This occurred between 11:30 p.m. on May 20 and 2:30 a.m. on May 21 on the 300 block of North Wilton Place. At another multi-unit dwelling, this one on the 5100 block of West Maplewood Avenue, a

By Nona Sue Friedman “With so much foot traffic on Larchmont Boulevard, it’s the perfect place to host Coffee with a Cop,” said LAPD Wilshire Division’s Senior Lead Officer (SLO) Dave Cordova. According to Cordova, who oversees Larchmont Boulevard as part of his beat, monthly Coffee with a Cop is an informal gathering where residents can get to know their officers and vice versa. There aren’t any speeches or statistics, just conversation and questions answered. Most recently, this event took place on May 24 at Peet’s Coffee, 124 N. Larchmont Blvd. Starbuck’s on Larchmont Boulevard is where the gathering is often held. But this month, SLO Cordova reached out to Peet’s, and manager Angie Jaco jumped at the opportunity to host. She said that many of her regular customers were so happy and excited to have the police come for coffee. Some even arrived early while others called to confirm it was still taking place. Jaco said, “It’s nice being part of the community that LAPD cares for. I love it.”

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Burroughs to reroute cars to Wilshire to help solve congestion front of crowded traffic and parents and friends stopping and swinging open their car doors to talk with friends or talk on their cell phones. The promised rerouting is part of a multi-million dollar makeover of Burroughs. Scott Singletary, facility development manager at LAUSD, said the school is in the process of modernization, which included a review of the project pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The project is due for completion in 2027 at a cost of $266 million. Singletary says it does not add capacity to the school, although current capacity is more than the number of students for which the school initially was designed. To alleviate the traffic congestion on McCadden, Singletary says that the modernization will move the school administrators’ parking access on McCadden, which includes 100 cars, to Wilshire Boulevard, and LAUSD school

Neighbors unite after homes are burglarized

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ences. The neighbors decided that they needed to become a more cohesive group to do their best to prevent any future invasions. The group exchanged phone numbers and email addresses for disseminating safety information and to check in with neighbors if anyone sees anything out of the ordinary. Members vowed to keep a more careful eye on people and cars coming and going. They are working on getting neighborhood watch signs for each of their yards to show neighborly unification. The only silver lining to this criminal activity is getting to know your neighbors better.

bus access will also be moved to the Wilshire thoroughfare in the fall of 2022. Sgt. Danny Eun, supervisor, Community Traffic Safety Unit of LAPD’s West Traffic Division, says the school has known about the traffic problems on McCadden for a while and works with the school staff in trying to resolve the effects of the traffic from student pick-ups and drop-offs. Sgt. Eun says there is “off-and-on” car line “chaos” at Burroughs and that he has looked at possible solutions. According to Sgt. Eun, the Community Traffic Safety Unit has focused on three approaches for a possible solution: (1) Traffic enforcement, which has not been effective; (2) Engineering: The streets are too narrow, and cannot be widened when a residential environment prevails; and (3) Education, which has had limited effectiveness. The Safety Unit has talked to parents about the dangers of the car line traffic, but it appears

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By Steven Rosenthal The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) now is making plans to alleviate traffic congestion at John Burroughs Middle School on the narrow residential street McCadden Place in Hancock Park. The plan is to reroute school buses and administrative vehicles from parking access points on McCadden to a Wilshire Boulevard area. At present during school days, the residents living on McCadden and other drivers must fight traffic dangers posed by the drop-off and pick-up car line on the west side of the school facility. Sometimes a car or delivery van even goes the wrong way to get around the jam during student drop-offs until the congestion tapers off when classes begin. But it starts up again in the afternoon when students are being picked up to return home. Every weekday is a scene of wrong-way drivers, student pedestrians crossing in


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SENIORS at Episcopal School of Los Angeles will graduate June 11.

GRADUATING SENIORS strike a pose at Larchmont Charter School.

By Suzan Filipek Graduation season is here, and unlike recent years when the pandemic curbed ceremonies to socially distanced virtual and drive-by events, this year’s graduates will be flipping their tassels live before moving on to the next stages of their lives. Here are some of our area schools’ graduation ceremony plans: Episcopal School of Los Angeles will have 19 graduates at its ceremony Sat., June 11 on the school’s West Campus. The seniors will elect a student speaker from their class. About 400 seniors will graduate from Fairfax High on Thurs., June 9 at 10 a.m. in the school’s football field. At the Girls Academic Leadership Academy (GALA), 35 seniors will receive diplomas on the school field Thurs., June 9 at 6 p.m. “We are extremely proud of our class of 2022,” said GALA principal Dr. Liz Hicks. “All are graduating and have been accepted to four-year universities, including two

QuestBridge Scholars who will attend Duke and Penn,” she added. Harvard Westlake commencement is on Fri., June 10 at 10:30 a.m. on the Upper School campus. The class of 2022 has 283 graduates. Immaculate Heart High School’s 116th commencement took place May 31 at the Hollywood Bowl; 94 seniors received their diplomas. Keynote speaker was Christine Knudsen, SPEAKER at Imwho retired maculate Heart, from Im- Christine Knudm a c u l a t e sen. Heart High in 2019 after 31 years as theology instructor and department chair. Knudsen is the author of “Engaging the Heart: Spirituality for Teenagers.” Larchmont Charter will graduate 122 seniors on Fri., June 10 at First Congregational Church on Sixth Street. Keynote speaker is Mario Per(Please turn to page 3)

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We proudly present our students’ university acceptances for the Class of 2022 2022.

American University American University of Paris (FR) Arizona State University Bard College Boston University Brandeis University Bryn r Mawr College ryn Cal Poly Pomona Cal Poly San Luis Obispo California State University, Northridge California State University, San Marcos Case Western Reserve University Chapman University Columbia University Concordia University (CAN) Cornell University Dartmouth College Fordham University Goldsmiths University (UK)

HEC Montréal (CAN) Imperial College London (UK) Loyola Marymount University Macalester College McGill University (CAN) Michigan State University Mount Holyoke College New York University Occidental College Pace University Parsons Paris (FR) Polytechnique Montreal (CAN) Pratt Institute of Design Reed College Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute San Diego State University Santa Clara University School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Smith College The George Washington University The New School Trinity College Tulane University University of Arizona University of Birmingham (UK) University of British Columbia (CAN) University of California, Berkeley University of California, Irvine University of California, Los Angeles University of California, Merced University of California, Riverside University of California, San Diego University of California, Santa Barbara University of California, Santa Cruz University of Chicago University of Colorado, Boulder

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University of Denver University of Edinburgh (UK) University of Leeds (UK) University of Hawaii at Manoa University of Manchester (UK) University of Miami University of Oregon University of San Diego University of San Francisco University of Southern California University of St. Andrew’s (UK) University of Toronto (CAN) University of Vermont University of Virginia University of Warwick Vassar College Wellesley College Wesleyan University


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LOYOLAN seniors on “signing day,” when they commit to play in the athletic programs of the colleges of their choice.

MARLBOROUGH graduating seniors in their college sweatshirts.

Immaculate Heart Congratulates the Class of 2022! A Catholic, Independent, College Preparatory School for Girls Grades 6 – 12

Our graduates have been accepted at universities and colleges across the country, including: ArtCenter College of Design Bard College Bates College Boston College Boston University California College of the Arts California State University, All Campuses Chapman University Connecticut College Cornell University DePaul University Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Emerson University Eugene Lang College, The New School Fashion Institute of Technology Fordham University George Washington University Gonzaga University Hampshire College Harvard University Howard University Kenyon College King’s College London Lake Forest College Lewis & Clark College Loyola Marymount University Loyola University Chicago Macalester College Michigan State University Mount St. Mary’s University

Northeastern University Oberlin College Parsons School of Design Penn State University Pepperdine University Purdue University Reed College Santa Clara University Sarah Lawrence College School of the Art Institute of Chicago Scripps College Seattle University Smith College St. Olaf College Syracuse University Tufts University Tulane University University of Arizona University of California, All Campuses University of Hawaii, Manoa University of Michigan University of Oregon University of Puget Sound University of San Diego University of San Francisco University of Southern California University of Washington University of Wisconsin Madison Villanova University Wesleyan University

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(Continued from page 3) ceremony. At Notre Dame Academy, 75 seniors will graduate on Sat., June 4 at 4 p.m. Pilgrim School’s graduating class of 19 students will graduate on Mon., June 6 at 6 p.m. in the campus sanctuary. Each senior will receives a “Senior Portrait,” which includes a chosen faculty member who honors them and speaks about the student’s time at Pilgrim.

NEW COVENANT’S graduating class with Principal Jason Song.

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Turning to Bard for a deeper connection to nature Cooper Andrews, graduate of the Episcopal School of Los Angeles (ESLA), grew up in Windsor Square, but attended South Kent, a boarding school in Connecticut, until his senior year. He transferred to ESLA for 12th grade because he didn’t feel that South Kent’s priorities aligned with his own. Having transferred so recently, it almost made his college decision a little easier. “When I started to look for colleges, I took what I liked about Episcopal and started looking for colleges that could offer a similar experience,” said Andrews. He ended up searching for a small liberal arts school that emphasized a small, tight-knit community. “I find it easier, as a less social person, to fit in with a smaller group of people rather than feeling overwhelmed by a larger group of people,” said Andrews. Andrews will attend Bard College in New York and plans to major in environmental and urban studies.

Cooper Andrews “At first I wanted to be a doctor, but I didn’t realize how much time and money went into it. So, I found this major at Bard and really connected to it. I’ve always been interested in the environment. The combination of the environment with urban studies is something I could use in my future,” said Andrews. His love for the environment is something that has been developing over the past several years. “At South Kent, I used to mountain bike every day in the middle of the woods and work on a farm. These activities made me feel really con-

nected to nature. I want to keep developing this connection in college,” said Andrews. Andrews is also in the process of restoring the garden in his parents’ backyard. Right now, he has a lemon tree and a kumquat tree and is currently working on clearing out the weeds. He hopes to add some bushes and new types of greenery. “I am really looking forward to continue having new experiences in college. Especially with transferring my senior year, I have loved all the different experiences I was able to get. I am even more excited to head off to Bard,” said Andrews. Leaving lockdown for an active campus life

Buckley graduate Jasper Gough has lived in Hancock Park his whole life. Choosing a college on the opposite coast was a big change for him. Colgate University, Gough’s chosen school, is located in Upstate New York. When starting the hunt for his perfect college, he made sure that he was looking at schools with the best academic programs, the amount of attention students received

Jasper Gough and the success rate of graduates from the university. “Colgate reminds me of a summer camp I went to. It’s a small community where everyone will get to know each other,” said Gough. He shares how important student-teacher relationships are to him and to his education. Colgate will be able to offer him this sort of attention because of its small community. When reflecting on his time at Buckley School, he acknowledges the experiences that COVID-19 has taken from him. “Every high school student has missed out on a lot of different things. It’s sad that I didn’t

get much of a high school experience, but I am optimistic about college,” said Gough. He also notes how the pandemic has changed the college application process. Because the SAT and ACT tests are no longer required, the applicant pool for every college was much greater than usual. This made the decision even tougher for Gough and all other applicants. Gough will be majoring in computer science at Colgate. He has always had an interest in computers, as he loves video games and has attended coding classes from a young age. “It was my AP computer science teacher in high school who helped guide my decision. In his class, we were able to experiment with code and actually do some hacking. This was such an incredible experience. One day in his class, I kind of just decided that this will be what I want to do with the rest of my life,” said Gough. As of right now, Gough is looking into using his computer science major to help him achieve a career in cyber security. But before heading off to the East Coast, Gough admits he will miss a lot more (Please turn to page 7)


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(Continued from page 6) from the Larchmont area than just his family. “Larchmont is such a good mix of everything. Everyone knows each other so well. There are great places to eat and shop so close. It’s the perfect size…big, but not too big,” said Gough. Gough, a second-degree black belt, will be spending his summer teaching classes at a martial arts dojo before his cross-country move. Washington, D.C. is calling her name Marlborough graduate Anya Karumachi has only been living in the Larchmont area, near her school, for the past four years. She moved from Boston right before high school. Karumachi loves Los Angeles’ weather and sense of community, as exemplified by the Larchmont shopping area. “I love the residential feel while still being inside of a major city. This homey feeling is something that’s really hard to replicate in other places. I love that people are always walking and embracing the community,” said Karumachi. But this fall she will be leaving the sunny weather and this

Anya Karumachi close-knit community to attend Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. At Georgetown, she will be in the School of Foreign Services where she is thinking about majoring in international political economy. “Throughout high school, I have developed a passion for learning about global inequities when it comes to political, economic and social issues. This is something I want to pursue and learn more about in college,” said Karumachi. She found this passion through different opportunities that presented themselves throughout her high school career. She was the co-captain of the team that debates nationally on the Lincoln-Douglass circuit and was editor-in-

chief of “The Ultraviolet,” the school’s newspaper. Outside of school she participated in different social justice organizations, notably Wise Readers. Wise Readers is an organization that works with underprivileged youth in Los Angeles by providing them with education opportunities. During the last presidential election, she went to the Iowa caucus to report on the event for “Teen Vogue.” All of these activities helped Karumachi determine that she wants to help people and led to her decision to pursue a career within government. “I want to work in the government or do something internationally that would help people out in their everyday lives and leave an impact on them. I want to help combat the issues that people all over the world face. This is one of the main reasons I am so excited to be going to D.C.,” said Karumachi. Because of Georgetown’s proximity to the heart of America’s national government, it was a logical choice, said Karumachi. She looks forward to living in D.C. and being so close to so many different opportunities that will help her achieve her goals. “At Georgetown I am so excited to be in a community of people who are also

interested in working in the government and international relations,” she concluded. Cornell is tailor-made for Pinkey

Larchmont Charter School graduate Kira Pinkey will be heading off to Cornell to study mechanical engineering this fall. Pinkey lives near The Grove and will miss the smallness of her community. During high school, her community consisted of her friends and teammates. She played volleyball, basketball, track and field and tennis. When not at practice or at school, she would spend her free time singing or drawing. “I love the area [of Larchmont] so much. There is always something fun to do. But I know I will miss my friends and the general smallness of my high school the most. Cornell will be so different,” said Pinkey. Her high school student body consisted of 1,200 students, while the Cornell undergraduate population is more than 15,000. Even though she is opening herself to a bigger community at Cornell, she is most excited to learn about things specific to her interests. “I feel like I have a lot of different interests, but they

Kira Pinkey are all based around building things, which is why mechanical engineering made sense for me,” said Pinkey. When it came to deciding on mechanical engineering, Pinkey started out by looking at all of the most common majors and worked on narrowing alternatives to the ones that interested her most. “I think my major is the best fit for me because it’s somewhat general. I will learn a lot of things that I can apply to a lot of different career paths,” said Pinkey. But Pinkey has lots of dream careers that she is thinking about pursuing. “I would love to work at JPL [Jet Propulsion Laboratory] (Please turn to page 8)

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Seven scholarship recipients chosen by engineering group

By Suzan Filipek Seven graduating seniors from Fairfax High and the Girls Academic Leadership Academy (GALA), who will pursue majors in environmental engineering, global health and other vocations, are recipients of the 2022 George and Irene Epstein Memorial Scholarship awards. Cornell, UCLA, and UC San Diego are among colleges chosen by members of the distinguished group, who were selected by the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Chapter of the international Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE).

Howard Katzman, chairman of the SAMPE Scholarship Committee, introduced the recipients at a Zoom meeting May 10. Joan Pelico, chief of staff for Councilman Paul Koretz, spoke to each recipient and held up a certificate that each will receive from the City Council. This is the 26th year of the Epstein Scholarships for Fairfax High School and the second year for GALA. Education chairman of the Los Angeles Chapter of SAMPE, Dr. Howard Katzman, senior scientist at Aerospace Corporation, announced the names of three Fairfax seniors and four seniors (Please turn to page 9)

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lergies that makes it really difficult to eat food outside of my own home, but it turns out they are number one in the world for catering to people with food allergies,” said Pinkey. Overall, Pinkey is looking forward to the freedom that comes along with attending college. “I’m excited to be able to go to McDonald’s at 2 a.m. if I’m craving it and actually be able to go,” said Pinkey.

(Continued from page 7) and help build a rover, but I am also super interested in game design. I am interested in anything that has to do with building and creativity,” said Pinkey. When it came to choosing to go to Cornell, Pinkey started off the application process by looking only for schools with the best mechanical engineering programs. But once she got into Cornell, it felt like an immediate perfect match. “When I toured the school, it was so weird because all of the things that our tour guide would bring up felt strangely specific to me. I have a lot of food al-

Cerys Davies is a junior at Loyola Marymount University. She has lived in Los Angeles her whole life and is excited to be a part of the Larchmont community.

Congratulations to the St. Brendan School

CLASS OF 2022 St. Brendan is proud to present our graduating class of 2022. Our students have excelled and will matriculate to some of the best high schools in the country, including: Loyola, Harvard Westlake, Providence, Campbell Hall, St. Francis, and Immaculate Heart. We wish you all the best in high school! "Help me to journey beyond the familiar and into the unknown. Give me the faith to leave old ways and break fresh ground with You." - St. Brendan


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(Continued from page 8) from GALA, two of whom will receive scholarships and two others who will receive book awards. The Irene Epstein Memorial Scholarship program was initiated in 1996 shortly after the death of Irene Epstein to recognize her strong desire to assist financially needy, academically deserving students to attend college to study engineering, science, mathematics or medi-

cine. Recently, with the passing of Irene’s husband George, SAMPE voted to change the name of the scholarship to the George and Irene Epstein Memorial Scholarship, their daughter Sue Epstein told us. Fairfax High School scholarship awardees are Christina Lee, Izahreen Datu and Jason Lozada. GALA awardees are Bellamy Ware and Nathalie Molina, and book awards went to Savannah Anderson and Yessenia Martinez.

Top row, left to right: Eric Ehlers, Alma Saiya, Tom Lemire, Clement Hiel. Second row: Howard Katzman of SAMPE; scholars and parents Cristina Lee, Nancy and Nathalie Molina and Bellamy Ware and Tremaine Ellis. Third row: Izahreen Datu, Elizabeth Wight of SAMPE, Joan Pelico of Council District 5 and Sue Epstein. Bottom row: scholar Jason Lozada and Alan Hiken, SAMPE.

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Congratulations to the 2022 Graduating Class from Cathedral Chapel School!

Joshua Bellon Notre Dame High School Miles Blackson-Dunbar Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences Yaretzi Castro Notre Dame Academy McKenna Craig-Young Immaculate Heart High School Ronin Cunningham Fairfax High School Sutapa Das Bishop Conaty High School Katie Dizon Ramona Convent Secondary School

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Julie Heo St. Monica Catholic High School

Lindsey Nicolas Immaculate Heart High School

Shane Jimenez Sophia Reyes St. John Bosco High School Bishop Conaty High School Aaron Kim Loyola High School Josiah Kimm Los Angeles High School STEM Academy

Alana Scanlan Immaculate Heart High School Vivian Talmage Immaculate Heart High School

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Grad dining choices abound at Original Farmers Market

By Casey Russell It’s that time of year again, when neighborhood families are dabbing at tears and cheering for their not-soyoung ones. Commencement season is here. Luckily, great local eateries abound at the Original Farmers Market at Third and Fairfax — a place for families to gather and celebrate their graduates. The Farmers Market has been an upbeat place for Angelenos since 1934. It’s an historic landmark that out-of-towners love to experience and locals love to frequent. As you walk into the market, you’re met with an

eclectic array of cuisine options for upscale sit-down service or casual grab-and-go food. Du-Par’s Restaurant, operated by Frances Tario, is known for the hotcakes that “Esquire” magazine named “best hotcakes in America” and for its other fresh homestyle food. The diner has lots of seating and is a great place for casual family gatherings. Market Tavern, whose motto is “Eat & Drink & Rock & Roll,” is a lively British-Californian gastropub with a huge patio. There’s live music every Friday night, often featuring one of (Please turn to page 11)


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the pub’s owners, renowned musician Gary Twinn. Market Tavern offers innovative and traditional food, craft beers and handcrafted cocktails. Recently named one of the top French bistros in Los Angeles, Monsieur Marcel Bistro is a quaintly upscale taste of France at the eastern end of the market. This is a wonderful spot for the family to partake of a full meal together or to simply sip some drinks while nibbling tasty cheese or charcuterie from one of Marcel’s signature boards. Marmalade Cafe has a cheerful vibe and offers indoor / outdoor seating as well as private dining rooms. Enjoy fresh, high-quality California cuisine in a prime peoplewatching location right across Gilmore Lane from The Grove. A new Mexican restaurant at the market, El Granjero Cantina, wakes up the senses with its bold, bright, hand-painted murals and flavorful, vegetable-forward cuisine. Right on the Market Plaza, El Granjero Cantina’s freshly made margaritas and sangria make it a great place to toast your graduate.

Luckily for families whose members have a wide variety of tastes, the market offers a plethora of grab-and-go options. With ample seating sprinkled throughout the market, all family members can venture out, find what their taste buds’ desire, and rendezvous to eat and celebrate together. Magee’s Kitchen is familyowned and a true original — it has been part of the market since 1934. It’s known for its roast or corned beef and greets requests for samples with an enthusiastic “Yes!” At Pasta Corner, you’ll salivate over fresh, homemade

pasta dishes that are “100 percent authentic from a secret family recipe.” From the smallest shop in the market, seafood lovers can find flavorful, traditional sushi at Sushi a Go Go. For those with a craving for pizza, the first stand-alone pizzeria in Los Angeles, Patsy D’Amore’s Pizza, is a must. A brick oven brought over from Catalina Island bakes the pizza, and Patsy’s goes the extra mile by also offering salads and traditional Neapolitan lasagna and spaghetti. Family-owned China Depot has been a staple of the market for decades. It offers

WEST PATIO at the Farmers Market features vendors of foods from Italy, China and New Orleans and other parts of the U.S.A.

authentic Chinese food made from scratch using some of grandpa’s secret recipes. For a tasty treat, Local Ice serves handcrafted ice cream and Italian ice that is made right on the premises. The owners strive to support fellow market vendors by using Magee’s nuts and Du-par’s apple pie in some of their

flavors. There’s even a classic soda fountain to help those who graduated long ago reminisce about earlier years. Welcoming, upbeat and definitely full of flavor, the Farmers Market exudes a family vibe. You might find it’s the perfect place to celebrate your graduate. Here’s to the class of 2022!

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The whole family is proud of you and your great accomplishments. You’re a talented son, and a hard worker and, most importantly, a thoughtful and kind person. We love you. Go UCLA Bruins!

LARCHMONT CHARTER SCHOOL The Larchmont Charter School family salutes the class of 2022! Your hard work over the past four years is a huge achievement - and your perseverance over the last two is profound. We are grateful to have been part of your journey. We're so proud of you and know that you have the curiosity, creativity and compassion needed to improve the world we inhabit.

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By Scarlett Saldaña 11th grade Before the last day of school on June 16, Oakwood students look forward to a couple of the most exciting events of the school year. Arts Festival, a day to celebrate and admire visual arts displays, film installations, and activities like Silent Disco and face paint-

ing, will be held at the beginning of the month. This event has been a tradition at Oakwood for years, and this will be the first time we are holding it in-person since quarantine. One of my favorite parts of this day is the final

assembly, which allows the whole school to gather together and enjoy a variety of performances from our talented students and faculty. The day after Arts Festival, Juniors and Seniors will prepare for their “Enchanted Forest” Prom. Even though the start of the year began with doubts as to whether or not Prom would be held oncampus or at a separate location, the Prom Committee has ensured that everyone can safely attend the event, and as always, enjoy the music, dancing, and make even more memories, especially before the Seniors graduate and finish their high school year.

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By Nikka Gueler 4th grade Hello Larchmont Chronicle readers. This is going to be my last column for the school year. We have a lot going on at Third Street Elementary before school ends on June 10. We are currently in the middle of our annual Walk A Thon fundraiser which is turning out great. On June 3, we are having our Third Street talent show, where kids will showcase their tal-

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Los Angeles had its very first high school Mental Health Day, during which the entire upper school took a break from its studies for a half-length school day field trip to Ultrazone Laser Tag. While the high schoolers were away, the middle school had a seminar (which the high school had already experienced earlier in the year) about Apocalyptic Education, during which we discussed the shortcomings of popular ideals about schooling to imagine how its system might be improved. Even though none of the usual classes were had, Mental Health Day was just as productive as any other school day.

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2 were optional. We participated in the CYO Track season and our students did exceptionally well. We were proud to celebrate our teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week with a lot of food and gifts. In mid-May we are completing our third window of STAR testing to show our growth over the year. The 2nd graders and two 4rth graders received their First Communion during the 10 a.m. Mass celebrated by our pastor, Father Truc Nguyen. Our traditional May procession will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 18 with the recitation of the rosary and songs to honor Mary, the Mother of God.

By Hank Bauer 12th grade The end of the year is a stressful time for students. Seniors are receiving college results, juniors are beginning their application processes, and students in most schools are working on projects that will finalize their quarter grades. For that reason, the Episcopal School of

By Kennedy del Pozo 5th grade Commissioner of Public Relations It’s hard to believe that Easter vacation is over and we are in the middle of the third trimester. Upon returning from our well-deserved Easter vacation, we had a very successful Science Fair. Students in grades 3 – 8 were required to submit a science experiment and the experiments for students in grades K –

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By Aki Kapur 5th grade Hello from St. James’! The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of fun and exciting events and experiences at St. James’ as we head into our last few weeks of this school year. We got to celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with an in-person drumming performance put on by The Taiko Project, we competed in The Husky Games, and we held our second musical production of the year, The Wiz, which was filled with amazing performances and colorful costumes. We also celebrated LatinX Heritage Month, typically in September-October, in May since it was previously pushed back because of COVID-19. A delicious lunch was provided for us by The Parent Association including tacos, quesadillas, and agua frescas. I’m excited for what’s to come and even though this school year is almost over, I can’t wait for the St. James’ Summer Academy 2022. We’re able to take S.T.E.A.M. classes, sports activities classes, and even classes to review our skills in reading, writing, and math through interactive games and activities. Have a great summer!

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By Bella Cho 5th grade We have ended our school year with a memorable graduation. All of the 5th graders wrote a speech about their time at Melrose Elementary School and presented it for the culmination. We have had 3 weeks of SBAC testing, and we have all tried our hardest and our best. The first week was English Language Arts, the second was math, and then finally science. Because of the COVID pandemic, the 5th graders have not been able to go to Catalina Island for the field trip. But luckily this year the 5th graders get to go to Dockweiler Beach! We have all made so many memories and friends, and had a great time here at Melrose Elementary School. We thank all of the teachers who have helped us learn so much, and the staff and yard supervisors for keeping this school a safe and clean environment throughout the pandemic. We hope to see many new students at Melrose next year and I’m sure they will make good memories of their own.

HOLLYWOOD SCHOOLHOUSE

By Sienna Light 6th grade At Hollywood Schoolhouse, school is winding down, but as a last goodbye, here are just some of the events that will be happening this month! First off, I would like to mention that AstroCamp was a huge success, and the 6th grade class had a fantastic time that we will never forget. Also, the 4th and 5th graders had a blast at PALI camp! As a school that fosters curiosity and fearlessness, I am excited to announce that our annual Makers Fair is coming up in these last couple of weeks. Everyone that is competing is making their final touches before turning them in to be judged at the fair. Everyone is super excited, not only for the prizes, but to see their project win in the many different categories that are available! Sixth graders are doing a special project with a partner, called a Public Service Announcement. Each set of partners has to choose a special topic like bullying, BLM, gun laws, Women’s Rights, etc., to do their PSAs on. We will be writing a paper on them and choosing a

special way to present them. Some examples would be, stop motion, iMovies, or commercials! Lastly, I would just like to say a quick thank you, and goodbye, to the Larchmont Chronicle com-

munity! I had a blast being HSH’s student writer, and I’m so glad I got this opportunity. I am off to Oakwood School, and I hope to continue my love of reading and writing. Thank you!

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to host a Cultura Graduation Celebration for the Seniors. Meanwhile our May Music Concert series is currently in full swing, and our sports are winding down at the end of May. During our CH Community Big Sunday, we will enjoy a fun day outdoors giving back to our community, the environment, and Ukraine. In other news, the Robotics team has jumped back into action, and they have begun to prepare for the next Robotics competition in the fall. Summer is in the air! I hope to see everyone in the fall!

By Claire Lesher 9th grade The end of the school year is quickly approaching. We have the Senior Show and the Arts Festival Exhibition and of course, the Senior graduation! The annual Bagpipers Ball is sold out; the event is to raise money for the financial aid program. The Hispanic Affinity group, La Familia, are preparing

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Lily Gudas

Hamilton High School 2022 Graduate We love you!

Your Sherwood Grandparents

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Marlborough Graduates of the Class of 2022!

You did it! Throughout these years, you have each left an indelible mark on our community and we are so proud of the compassionate, creative, and passionate individuals you are. We cannot wait to see you make the world a better place!

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By Kellyn Lanza 11th grade Happy Summer from Immaculate Heart and congratulations to our graduating Class of 2022! Our 94 seniors received their diplomas before family members and friends at the Hollywood Bowl just days ago — on May 31 — for Immaculate Heart’s 116th commencement. The week before, IH students said goodbye to our seniors and celebrated our togetherness one last time for the school year during our annual “Class Day” tradition on campus.

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(Continued from page 12) their talents to the school, parents, teachers, and administrators. There will be food trucks, music and a DJ for the event. The first year of our gifted magnet program was a huge success. I was lucky to participate in the program and enjoyed it very much. The kids in my class are all gifted in different ways. Some are artistic and others are academic. I interviewed the Third Grade Magnet teacher, Ms. Hong, and this is what she had to say about the program: “I started teaching at Third Street Elementary School in 2005. For the past 16 years, I taught in the Korean Dual Language Program where I provided instruction in both Korean and English. This past year, with the opening of Third Street School’s new Gifted Magnet Center, I was hired as the 3rd-grade magnet teacher.

We ended May with a flurry of other activities: Spring sports, including track & field, swimming, and softball, finished their seasons with a banquet honoring all the hardworking athletes. The Athletic Department also recognized senior scholar athletes with a special luncheon. The rest of our scholar athlete students were awarded on Class Day. Our annual Junior-Senior Prom took place on May 20th at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel with the theme “Heavenly Bodies.” Students enjoyed a delicious dinner, photo booth, dancing, and more! Our school year ended with CAP – our cumulative assessment period – and now IH Pandas are starting their summer break with lots of plans for rest, relaxation and summer fun! “Of course, one obvious way my teaching has changed is that I do not provide instruction in Korean anymore. However, early on in my teaching career, starting out in such a high-performing school as ours, I have always felt a need to push myself to provide a challenging curriculum that would meet the needs of our students. Over the years, I have implemented a workshop model for teaching reading, writing, and math. I have continued to use this model in the magnet program, as have our other two magnet teachers, Mrs. Susan Lee (4th gr) and Ms. Jenny Kellard (5th gr). The beauty of “giftedness” comes in all shapes and sizes. It is our goal to honor the “giftedness” in students, their unique talents and abilities, and to help students further develop these.” I hope everyone has a great summer. I look forward to writing the Third Street School column again next year.


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By Ren Lisenberry 5th grade Every year at the Center for Early Education, there is an allschool Art Fair and Open House. In the evening, families are invited to campus to see artwork from every grade displayed in the gym. This year, it was slightly different because of Covid protocols, and people visited in groups.

Many people worked hard to prepare for this special night. This year, in addition to the art fair and open house, the Junior Choir and Acappella group performed for their families and faculty. Parents were invited to tour the classrooms during the open house and see their children’s hard work. The students and the amazing teachers who helped arrange this event helped display their work for their parents to see and admire. The Open House and Art Fair are a way for the students and their teachers to show the parents how much hard work and effort students have been putting into their studies and the arts.

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Luke Magnusen and Hajoon Koo 4th Grade Graduation is coming up for LCS and we are so excited! Our fellow 3rd grade students and the LCS parents have been making special graduation sashes for the 4th grade students. We have also been making plans for spirit day, where each 4th grade class chooses an event they want everyone in the school to do to celebrate! When 4th graders graduate, they do something called “Crossing the bridge.” What this means is that these students wear these sashes and cross a little bridge on the field, symbolizing our change from being little kids to big, giant role models! Not only is the graduation going to be good… but the songs will be great too! This year our fantastic music teacher Mr. Malcolm has decided the songs for

this year’s graduation from ideas that the 4th graders suggested. 1. “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley 2. “All Star” by Smash Mouth 3. “Yesterday” by The Beatles Our class is so excited to sing NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP! We’re going to Rick Roll our graduation ceremony! This will also be our graduation for the trimester… Goodbye everybody in The Larchmont Chronicle and everyone here at school! This has been the best year ever!Luke Magnusen and Hajoon Koo (The authors)

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Congratulations, Class of 2022! We are incredibly proud of our Class of 2022 graduates who were all admitted to four-year collegiate programs and gained acceptance to over 130 college and/or university programs. Please note that all institutions with one or more graduates attending are denoted in bold, and that all institutions with * indicates multiple enrollees.

American University* Amherst College Barnard College Boston College Boston University Bucknell University California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo California State University - Long Beach Carnegie Mellon University Case Western Reserve University College of the Holy Cross Columbia University Dartmouth College Duke University Emory University Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School Fordham University* George Washington University* Georgetown University Georgia Institute of Technology Hamilton College Howard University Johns Hopkins University Loyola Marymount University* Miami University New York University* Northeastern University Oberlin College Parsons School of Design at The New School Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rice University San Diego State University* Santa Clara University* School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Southern Methodist University* Stanford University* Syracuse University Texas Christian University* The University of Texas at Austin* Trinity College Tufts University Tulane University of Louisiana University of California - Berkeley* University of California - Los Angeles* University of California - San Diego University of California - Santa Barbara University of California - Santa Cruz University of Colorado Boulder* University of Denver* University of Hawaii at Manoa University of Maryland University of Michigan University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University of Notre Dame University of Oregon University of Pennsylvania University of Richmond* University of San Diego University of Southern California* University of Virginia University of Washington University of Wisconsin Vanderbilt University Vassar College Villanova University* Wake Forest University Washington University in St. Louis

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